U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh has struck down more than 40 percent of the $1.05 billion in damages a jury awarded to Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) in its patent infringement case against Samsung (SSNLF.PK). Koh also said Samsung deserved a new trial on infringement claims for a selection of smartphones, Bloomberg said.
Koh rejected Apple’s request to increase the damages, saying that even the original amount was heavily disputed and that the jury was not bound to accept either side’s damages estimate. “It is not the proper role of the court to second-guess the jury’s factual determination as to the proper amount of compensation,” Koh said.
She then proceeded to reduce the jury’s damages award by $450.5 million, though she also added that Apple was possibly entitled to additional damages for products that had not been already considered. Koh said she would calculate that amount beginning on August 25. The amended damages include those related to sales covering 14 Samsung products.
However, since other elements of the case are under appeal as well, the judge said she would delay considering evidence of actual post-verdict sales and pre-judgment interest for now. A new trial was not likely until both companies had sought appeals court review of Friday’s order.
Samsung and Apple have been involved in several mutual patent infringement cases in various courts, but this particular victory was considered a huge one for the iPhone maker.
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