Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (005930), lawyers are fined $2 million for leaking Apple-Nokia patent details
Samsung and its lawyers will have to pay out a little bit more cash after its second patent battle with Apple. A court fined lawyers at Quinn Emanuel and Samsung a total of $2 million for misusing confidential details of a patent deal struck between Apple and Nokia.
The documents were supplied by Apple to Samsung’s lawyers so that it could see that Apple was telling the truth about its patent deals with other companies. The documents were marked “for attorney’s eyes only” and were not supposed to be revealed to Samsung executives.
Samsung quoted exact terms of the deal in its own negotiations with Nokia, which proved that it had access to the documents and that the court order had been breached. The court decided found Quinn Emanuel demonstrated:
- (1) failure to institute sufficient safeguards for third-party confidential information, and
– (2) failure to comply with the notice and cooperation requirements set forth in Section 18(a) of the protective order entered in this case.
The court finds that the remaining costs and fees requested by Apple and Nokia are reasonable and shall be awarded. No later than 30 days from this order, Samsung and QE are expected to pay Nokia a total of $1,145,027.95 and Apple a total of $893,825.77 in fees and costs.
Samsung was founded to have infringed on three of the five patents Apple claimed in the original trial. Apple was awarded damages of just under $120 million. Apple was found to have infringed some lesser Samsung patents and was ordered to pay $158,400.
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