Apple’s legal representatives will ask U.S. Federal Judge Lucy H. Koh to triple the damages Samsung has been ordered to pay after losing a patent case to US$3 billion in the Sept. 21 judgment as a matter of law (JMOL) hearing in California, reports the “Korea Times” (

This is the biggest ever damage payment sought in a technology patent dispute, the publication notes, citing unnamed “multiple legal sources.” The finding of what legal officials say is “willful infringement” enables Apple to seek triple the damages awarded.

This is all part of the ongoing, global legal battle. Apple and Samsung have filed more than 30 lawsuits against each other across four continents. For example, Apple alleges that Samsung copied the slide-to-unlock technology of its iPhone and iPad devices.