Apple will be waiting for some time to get that $1 billion from Samsung
prevents any attempt to collect on the judgment until 14 days after the court has resolved the last post-trial motion. With the hearing for post-trial motions set for December 6th, and figuring that Judge Lucy Koh will need some time to write out her decisions, it won't be until early 2013 at the earliest when Apple will get paid-assuming the verdict holds. But there is no doubt that Samsung will ask for another stay of the billion dollar judgment while it appeals the verdict to the Federal Circuit, even before the ink dries on Judge Koh's last post-verdict ruling. That could delay Apple's billion dollar pay day for months of not years. By then, the amount owed to Apple could be in excess of $3 billion. Because the jury ruled that Samsung willfully infringed on Apple's patents, the judge has the option to triple the damages. That would make winning an appeal even more important to Samsung.
Instead of involving the court and spending for more court costs and attorney fees, Apple and Samsung have options that they might have agreed to with Monday's agreement. Since Samsung sells parts to Apple, the latter could simply withhold payment to Samsung for some invoices until the verdict is paid. An agreement might have been reached to cover how Samsung will post bonds if necessary, in the ten countries where both sides are facing each other in litigation. Lastly, both Apple and Samsung might have agreed to the logistics of a billion dollar payout with Apple allowing Samsung to pay the entire judgment from its U.S. operations even if some of the damages belong to the company's Korean division.