Apple paid around $62 million in legal fees to beat Samsung in court. Now they want Samsung to pay around nearly one-third of that amount at around $22.2 million. This is on top of the penalty that Samsung already has to pay at $929 million.
Apple worked with two law firms on the case, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, LLP. and Morrison & Foerster, LLP. Wilmer is charging Apple $2 million and Morrison is charging $60 million. The fees are based on transcriptions, translators, and discovery.
Apple said that the $16 million in legal fees are “conservative.” Apple is able to receive attorney fees against Samsung for violations of the Lanham Act. The other $6.2 million is for a variety of expenses related to reproducing materials for the case. In August 2012, a federal jury decided that Samsung violated Apple’s patent rights and trademark protections after copying iPhone and iPad technology in their Galaxy line of products.
“The court should award Apple fees in this exceptional case,” stated Apple in court documents. “Awarding fees to Apple ‘flows quite naturally’ from the jury’s willfulness verdict as well as Samsung’s extensive record of willful, deliberate and calculated decisions to copy the iPhone, in blatant disregard for Apple’s (intellectual property).”
Apple said that these legal fees extend through March and did not include the cost of the retrial. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh will be considering the fee request at a hearing in January. Apple and Samsung will be meeting again in March for a second patent case.
[Source: Mercury News/The Verge]