Samsung Rests Case Against Apple After Sparring Over Damages
Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) rested its case in a patent-infringement trial with Apple Inc. (AAPL) after putting on witnesses who said the iPhone maker would owe the South Korean company as much as $421.8 million in royalties.
One of the damages experts called yesterday by Samsung, David Teece of University of California, Berkeley’s business school, outlined his calculations for Apple’s alleged infringement of two of the patents and cited $349 million as a middle-range figure based on a royalty rate of 2.4 percent.
On cross-examination, a lawyer for Apple, Joe Mueller, got Teece to admit he didn’t know how Samsung arrived at the rate. The lawyer showed Teece a July 2011 letter from Samsung to Apple proposing the iPhone maker pay the 2.4 percent rate to license any of 86 patents. Samsung had never published the rate, and “you have no evidence that Samsung has ever asked any other company for such a rate,” Mueller said.