The money Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) makes from their best-selling smartphones and tablets is put to good use. A recent court document revealed that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) paid over $60 million to their attorneys to win its case against Samsung. Now the Cupertino-based tech giant wants Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) to pay a third of that number which comes out to be $15.7 million in lawyer fees.
Apple’s expenditure on law firms
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) hired two law firms – Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, LLP, and Morrison & Foerster, LLP. The former is charging the tech giant $2 million while the latter is charging $60 million. These fees include include transcriptions, translators, and discovery expenses. The Verge added, “In an additional set of filings, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) offers a glimpse into where some of that $6.2 million went. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is asking for approximately $100,000 for the expense of setting up a “secure room” where Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930)’s team was able to examine unreleased Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) prototypes, for example, while over $1.5 million is earmarked between the two firms for photocopying documents during the discovery process.”
Judge Lucy Koh yet to make a ruling
Judge Lucy Koh has yet to make a ruling on Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s request. She previously made a ruling that Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930)’s infringement wasn’t willful especially since Samsung claimed they didn’t know it was infringement. It’s a negligible point if the South Korean tech company is forced to pay up but as The Verge points out, anything can happen in the next year as there is yet another big trial looming ahead in 2014.
Rachel Krevans elaborated in the legal document:
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that on January 30, 2014, at 1:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as counsel may be heard before the Honorable Lucy Koh in Courtroom 8 of the above-entitled Court, located at 280 South 1st Street, San Jose, California, Plaintiff Apple will move, and hereby does move, for an award of $15,736,992 in attorneys’ fees against Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.,Samsung Electronics America, Inc., and Samsung Telecommunications America, Inc.
This motion is based on this notice of motion and supporting memorandum of points and authorities; supporting declarations filed herewith and exhibits attached thereto; and such other written or oral argument as may be presented at or before the time this motion is taken under submission by the Court. The parties’ counsel met and conferred regarding Apple’s request, as set out in the accompanying Declaration of Nathan Sabri, but Samsung has not stipulated to Apple’s request.