Samsung faces exposure as high as $1.2 billion after jury finds it infringed on mobile chip technology

Samsung faces exposure as high as $1.2 billion after jury finds it infringed on mobile chip technology
Last month, Samsung was ordered to pay Apple $538.6 million for infringing on some of Apple's patents related to the design of the iPhone. Now, Samsung has been punished again for having been caught with its hands in the cookie jar; and by cookie jar, we mean the intellectual property belonging to another firm without obtaining a license. In fact, it was the U.S. licensing arm of a South Korean University that brought the suit, which resulted in a federal jury ruling that Samsung did infringe on a U.S. patent covering FinFET technology.

The amount that Samsung owes KAIST IP US (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) is $400 million. Because the jury ruled that Samsung willfully infringed on the patent, the judge has the option to impose "treble damages" which would triple the dollar amount of the award to $1.2 billion. In addition to Samsung, Qualcomm and GlobalFoundries Inc. were both also found to have infringed on the same patent. However, the pair did manage to escape without being ordered to pay damages.

FinFET is a transistor that is used in the design of processors that use gate electrodes shaped like a fin (hence the name). The technology allows multiple gates to open on a single transistor, allowing for improved performance and less energy consumption on smaller chips.

According to the complaint, Samsung dismissed the use of FinFET at first, considering it to be a fad (hmm, a FinFET fad). But the filing says that Sammy changed its mind when Intel licensed FinFET for its chips. Samsung has denied the infringement, stating that it worked with the University to develop FinFET. The tech giant added that it believes that the patent is invalid and will consider an appeal.

source: Bloomberg

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68 Comments

1. maherk

Posts: 6775; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

So PA, are you sure these aren't a patent troll that are suing Samsung? Or that label is only reserved to those suing Apple?

50. Phullofphil

Posts: 1762; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Samsung has always copied in hopes of paying less if and when they get to court. Apple may have done stuff that’s been done before but they don’t copy. They do what makes there product better in the limits of there hardware they designed. Apple has there own faults but they atliest follow there own path.

51. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

So you’re saying Apple copy’s without copying lol. Bruce Lee once said he show the art of fighting without fighting.

56. DolmioMan

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

They are definitely patent trolls, but Samsung has been caught price gouging RAM again recently so they deserve every patent troll suit they’re hit with.

58. maherk

Posts: 6775; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I'm not in anyway defending Samsung in here, quite contrary, I believe giant companies like them and Apple should pay even bigger fines when they're caught stealing. My comment was criticizing PA for their double standards, by calling it like it is when it's Samsung that's being sued, but sugar-coat it when it's Apple.

2. apple-rulz

Posts: 2028; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Samsung invented everything that exists in the universe there is no way this lawsuit has any merit.

4. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Just like every single suit that Apple gets is simply people out to get money, according to Phonearena. But now that it isn't Samsung, it suddenly isn't just someone out to get money.

8. sissy246

Posts: 7083; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

You have that wrong, it the isheep that think apple invented everything in the universe. If this turns out to be true then Samsung should pay up. It's not cool to steals things like that other company does that pays off the courts to get away with it.

10. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1042; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Yea like when Samsung stole square icons from the Apple. those sneaky thieves

17. sissy246

Posts: 7083; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Yeah, like apple invented square corners, LMAO

14. apple-rulz

Posts: 2028; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Except when Samsung steals from Apple, then that’s OK.

16. sissy246

Posts: 7083; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

And when apple steals from Samsung/Android then it's OK. BFD if any of them get ideas from other. Why can't everyone just be glad they all learn from each other to give us what we all like, awesome tech.

31. Trex95

Posts: 2380; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

What did Apple steals from Samsung/Android?!

33. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Users ...

38. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Nice...

42. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good one.

41. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

iPad split view, tap to note, and picture in picture came directly from the Galaxy Note. Pulldown notifications, file management etc. Apple copy’s, them, they copy Apple. I’ve always said android needed to becomes more iOS like, and iOS needed to become more android like. Its happening, and both platforms are better for it.

53. Leo_MC

Posts: 7218; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

iOS only has file management for media files and for cloud files; how is that copied from Android? Split view was implemented in windows (for pc), in Macs (when Android didn't even existed) picture in picture too.

63. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Be sure to read my whole post. Apple copied those things from the Note, not the PC.

65. Leo_MC

Posts: 7218; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

How do you know that? Maybe Apple copied picture in picture from Symbian, maybe from surface, maybe it was a logical step and didn't copied from any mobile os.

59. Trex95

Posts: 2380; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Samsung copied staff from others like - Auto increase brightness under sunlight to max with Super Amoled copied from Nokia clear black Amoled. - iris scanner copied from windows phone Nokia 950

64. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

They copy as well.

46. sissy246

Posts: 7083; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Read post 40 and 41

3. iPhoneFanboy

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 21, 2018

Steals chip tech and still behind in power. Can't even render PUBG without frame drops and lag.... Driving a car in PUBG is nearly unplayable on my coworkers Note 8.

7. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1042; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I play PUBG Mobile fine without any lag on my Note 8. perhaps your friend should switch from Sprint, or maybe you should stop spewing lies

23. iPhoneFanboy

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 21, 2018

Tmobile, but we were on WiFi. What are you playing with with .. all settings at low? Lol. Why lie for a video game, lmfao...although I do have bias.. Fortnite is leagues better that that trash. I just don't lag on PUBG on my iPhone. Simple observation.

34. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

So when he says something he's lying about a video game. But your word is the truth?

35. iPhoneFanboy

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 21, 2018

Vise versa. Good gud.

37. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I think you meant vice versa, but if it's any consolation, I don't believe either of you ;)

68. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1042; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I play in HDR with High Framerate, no need for the top settings on a mobile game. I also play on either WiFi or Verizon. I've never had any problems. but then again as with most tech, theirs bound to be fluctuations in performance quality. Also I use a Samsung Unlocked Note 8 with none of the extra Verizon bloatware

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