Fractus V. Samsung
Max Tribble and Justin Nelson win $23 million jury verdict in patent infringement suit against Samsung. Fractus, S.A, a company based in Barcelona, Spain that sells antennas for mobile phones, accused Samsung of infringing its patents covering mobile phone antenna technology. Samsung contested infringement as well as the validity of the patents. It also asked for a royalty of 1 cent per phone. Instead, the jury awarded over 35 cents per phone, nearly all of the damages requested by Fractus. The total amount awarded for past damages was over $23 million. In addition to finding infringement and validity, the jury also found that Samsung willfully infringed Fractus' patents. In addition to the $23 million verdict against Samsung, Fractus has negotiated patent licenses with other companies worth up to nearly $70 million.