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Apple legal bill - how much does it cost to win $1 billion from Samsung?

August 30, 2012
Image Credit: CNET, Apple

The U.S. Apple vs Samsung lawsuit, in which the jury found Samsung to infringe on several Apple patents and awarded the iPhone maker over $1 billion in compensation, is casting a long shadow over IFA 2012, the Berlin-based trade show where Samsung has unveiled several new products, including the Android-based Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy Camera.

But while we talk about these new Android devices, as well as other Android devices officially announced during the show, we inevitably hear more details, commentary and analysis on Samsung’s recently lost legal spat.

Now CNET offers a sneak peak at Apple’s legal bill in the U.S. case against Samsung. The image above shows you a bill Apple had to pay for just one motion to be filed, a motion that totaled 232 hours of work for 10 people, which amounted to $116,668.50. That’s probably just pocket change for Morrison & Foerster, compared to the total cost of the U.S. Apple trials against Samsung.

What does this exhibit, which the law firm had to file, tell us? Well, first of all, it sucks being a paralegal than a partner in such a firm. Secondly, and more seriously, Apple is ready to pay a lot of cash to lawyers to argue its cases. That shows the Cupertino-based company is not really ready to back down, as it firmly believes in its rights to sue competitors and obtain victories in courts no matter how much its legal representation costs.

When we’ll see similar exhibits from Samsung, I’ll tell you that the Android maker is similarly motivated to pursue such patent-based cases in courts no matter the costs. The difference is, at least for the time being, that Samsung’s expensive lawyers aren’t as efficient as Apple’s. Or they can’t pull out any rabbits out of the hat when forced to argue against certain pieces of evidence.

Any opinions on these large legal fees? Does anyone know how many motions have been filed by either party during the trial?