* Apple accuses Samsung of illegal copying
* Samsung say its technology actually fueled Apple's profits
* U.S. trial over patents scheduled for July 30
July 24 Apple Inc claims it is entitled
to $2.525 billion of damages in its high-stakes battle against
Samsung Electronics Co over patents for technology
used in smartphones and tablets, such as the iPhone and iPad.
According to a partially redacted filing on Tuesday with a
federal court in San Jose, California, Apple believes Samsung
owes "substantial monetary damages" because the Korean company
illegally "chose to compete by copying Apple."
Apple said this allowed Samsung to overtake it as the
world's largest maker of smartphones, and reap "billions of
dollars in profits" while costing Apple $500 million of profit.
It said damages, including reasonable royalty damages, reach
"a combined total of $2.525 billion." Apple said it also plans
to seek a permanent injunction to stop future violations.
Samsung countered Apple's allegations in a filing 13 minutes
later, accusing the Cupertino, California-based company of
trying "to stifle legitimate competition and limit consumer
choice to maintain its historically exorbitant profits."
It said Apple, in fact, should pay for the use of Samsung's
patented technology, "without which Apple could not have become
a successful participant in the mobile telecommunications
The world's largest consumer electronics companies are
scheduled to go to a jury trial on July 30 before U.S. District
Judge Lucy Koh.
Their dispute is part of a worldwide legal battle over the
alleged theft of technology used in smartphones and tablets,
including those powered by Google Inc's Android, which
Samsung uses in its most popular devices.
Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook and top Samsung executives
last week participated in court-supervised mediation to try to
resolve the case but a resolution appeared to be unlikely,
people familiar with the matter said.
The companies also disagreed on the value of the disputed
patents, one of the people said.
In morning trading, Apple shares rose $4.22 to $608.05 on
The case in Apple Inc v. Samsung Electronics Co et al, U.S.
District, Northern District of California, No. 11-01846.