Samsung ordered to pay up nearly $300m in Apple patent scrap

A California jury has awarded Apple $290 million (£179 million) in its ongoing patent fight with Samsung.

As noted by Reuters, that number is less than the approximately $380 million (£234.7 million) requested by Apple, and quite a bit more than the $53 million (£32.7 million) Samsung said it should pay.

The decision means Samsung owes Apple about $900 million (£555.8 million) in this case.

"We are disappointed by today's decision, which is based in large part on a patent that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has recently deemed invalid," Samsung said in a statement. "While we move forward with our post-trial motions and appeals, we will continue to innovate with groundbreaking technologies and great products that are loved by our many customers all around the world."

The case dates back to August 2012, when a separate California jury awarded Apple $1.05 billion. Samsung appealed and by March, Judge Lucy Koh ordered a new trial on 14 Samsung products and dropped more than $450 million in damages from that $1.05 billion.

Judge Koh said that the jury awarded damages "based on a legally impermissible theory," so Samsung was entitled to a new trial on more than a dozen of its gadgets, from the Galaxy Prevail and Galaxy S II to the Droid Charge and Nexus S 4G.

The retrial began last week, and the jury has just returned its verdict.

In the wake of Apple's $1.05 billion victory last year, meanwhile, Apple asked that the court issue an injunction against the infringing products. Judge Koh rejected that request in December 2012, but earlier this week, a US appeals court ordered her to review that decision, giving Apple a second chance to have old and new Samsung products pulled from US shelves.

Samsung and Apple are also preparing for a similar case in the same court, which is set to go to trial next year.