Apple wants Samsung to fork over $US2.5 billion ($A2.4bn) for damages caused by the pair’s drawn-out legal battle over mobile patents.
Apple has filed papers in a US federal court claiming Samsung should pay Apple “substantial monetary damages” for "illegally copying” its products.
“Samsung’s infringing sales have enabled Samsung to overtake Apple as the largest manufacturer of smartphones in the world,” Apple wrote in the documents, as reported by FOSS Patents.
"Samsung has reaped billions of dollars in profits and caused Apple to lose hundreds of millions of dollars through its violation of Apple’s intellectual property.
“Apple conservatively estimates that as of March 31, 2012, Samsung has been unjustly enriched by about [redacted] and has additionally cost Apple about $500 million in lost profits.
"Apple also conservatively estimates that it is entitled to over $25 million in reasonable royalty damages on the proportionately small set of remaining sales for which it cannot obtain an award of Samsung’s profits or Apple’s own lost profits, for a combined total of $2.525 billion.”
The battle centres around Apple’s iPad and iPhone devices, and the alleged theft of technology used in the devices by competing mobile manufacturers.
Apple has waged legal wars all around the world with the claim Samsung has “slavishly copied” Apple’s own smartphone and tablet devices in its Android-powered handsets and tablets.
Samsung immediately slammed Apple’s claims calling them “absurd”, and countered with the accusation Apple was trying to eliminate competition and monopolise the market.
The two are set to go to trial in front of a jury on Monday.
The US battle forms part of a global war between Apple and Android handset manufacturers over intellectual property, including the infringing of patents involving iPad and iPhone functions.
Apple has previously been successful in the US in its bid to get Samsung’s Galaxy Tab tablet and Galaxy Nexus smartphone banned from sale.
It was also briefly successful in getting the Galaxy Tab banned in Australia in August last year, before the decision was overturned in November with Apple ordered to pay Samsung’s legal appeal costs.
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