Google Inc (GOOGL) is not on the hook for covering Samsung patent damages

Posted May 6, 2014

Apple and Samsung recently faced off in a patent trial and it was revealed that Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) agreed to help pay the bill for Samsung’s legal costs and indemnify the company for any damages connected to two specific Apple patents: patent ‘959 (Unified Search) and patent ‘414 (asynchronous data synchronization).


The jury found that Samsung’s accused products did not infringe on these two patents. This means that Samsung will be responsible for paying the full bill of the damages. The jury decided that all of the accused Samsung products infringed on Apple’s ‘647 patent (Data Tapping), which turns types of data like URLs and phone numbers into actionable links. The jury also found Samsung’s accused products infringed on Apple’s ‘721 patent (slide-to-unlock). Before the trial even started, Judge Lucy Koh found that Samsung’s products infringed on Apple’s ‘172 patent (word recommendations as the user types).

Samsung was ordered by the jury to pay Apple $119.6 million in damages. This amount will be adjusted because Apple attorneys discovered that damages from an infringing Samsung product has not been added to the final amount.