Apple award versus Samsung halved


Award reduced by nearly 45% to $599 million as jurors had not properly followed the judge's instructions

Apple saw its $1.05 billion award from a patent infringement case against Samsung halved last Friday. A US district court judge claimed a portion of the award given by jurors in the case was wrongly calculated.

The award, which was originally given in a high profile court case last August, was reduced by nearly 45% to $599 million based on the grounds that the jurors has not properly followed the judge's instructions on the calculation of the award.

As such, Samsung is now due to have another day in court, in which the damages will be reassessed to provide a final figure to be paid to Apple by Samsung.

Judge Koh of the US District Court for the Northern District of California, said in her ruling that: 'The court has identified an impermissible legal theory on which the jury based its award and cannot reasonably calculate the amount of excess while effectuating the intent of the jury,' according to a report from Reuters.

Apple had been seeking damages from Samsung in a patent case against 14 Samsung smartphones, including the Galaxy SIII. However, in September last year, <a href='../FullArticle.aspx?newsid=1205'>Samsung continued the fight </a>despite its loss in the previous month. It amended its infringement claims against Apple in ongoing patent court cases to include iPhone 5.

Also in September 2012, Samsung celebrated a court finding in Germany that said it did not infringe on iPhone touchscreen technology patents in its Galaxy devices. Samsung commented at the time: 'We welcome today's ruling, which affirms our position that our products do not infringe Apple's intellectual property. For decades, we have heavily invested in pioneering the development of technological and design innovations in the mobile industry, which have been constantly reflected in our products.'


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