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Apple asks Samsung to pay up £1.6 billion in patent case

The ongoing patent battle between Apple and Samsung has resulted in several tablet and smartphone bans around the world, but what about the money? According to a recent filing from Apple, Samsung should pay up to the tune of $2.525 billion (£1.6 billion).

In its filing with a California district court, the company argued that Samsung has been unjustly enriched by sales of its Galaxy devices, which Apple claims copy the look and feel of the iPhone and iPad.

The move, Apple argued, has cost it about $500 million (£322 million) in profits.

"Apple also conservatively estimates that it is entitled to over $25 million [£16 million] in reasonable royalty damages on the proportionally small set of remaining sales for which it cannot obtain an award of Samsung's profits or Apple's own lost profits, for a combined total of $2.525 billion [£1.6 billion]," the company said.

As patent blogger Florian Mueller pointed out, the largest chunk of Apple's demands - about $2 billion (£1.3 billion) - relates to Samsung profits on products that infringed on Apple's design patents.

"A disgorgement of profits is not available with respect to technical patents. But once Apple collects all of Samsung's profits on an allegedly infringing device, it can't claim a 'reasonable royalty' on those devices," Mueller wrote. "That's why Apple's 'reasonable royalty' demand of $25 million [£16 million] relates only to a few products. Samsung's best-selling products are the ones that look most similar to the iPhone and the iPad."

Meanwhile, that $2.525 billion(£1.6 billion) request could just be a starting point, he continued. "Apple argues that Samsung infringed willfully. As a result, some components of that overall figure could be tripled," Mueller wrote.

Apple also kindly broke out what Samsung would owe on each patent infringement: $2.02 (£1.3) for the overscroll bounce patent; $3.18 (£2.05) for the scrolling API patent; another $2.02 (£1.3) for the tap to zoom patent; and $24 (£15.5) for use of Apple's design patents, Mueller said.

If Samsung prevails on any patents in its own countersuit, meanwhile, Apple suggested that infringement cost it $0.49 (£0.32) per unit for each infringed patent.

A trial in this case is set to begin 30 July, but it's just one of dozens that the two firms are fighting around the globe. According to reports, Apple's Tim Cook and Samsung's Choi Gee-sung met once again last week to try to reach a settlement before trial, but they were unsuccessful. At issue was the value of their respective patents, Reuters said.

Earlier this week, meanwhile, a German ban on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 was expanded to include the entire European Union. Samsung, however, can continue to sell its modified Galaxy Tab 10.1N tablet in the region.