Judge lops $450 million off Samsung penalty [Telegraph-Herald (Dubuque, IA)]
(Telegraph-Herald (Dubuque, IA) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) SAN JOSE, Calif. - A federal judge on Friday erased nearly half of the $1 billion in damages that a jury decided that Samsung Electronics should pay Apple in a high-profile trial over the rights to the design and technology running some of the world's most popular smartphones and tablet computers.
U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh lowered the damages awarded to Apple Inc. by $450.5 million, saying jurors had not properly followed her instruction in calculating some of the damages. She also concluded that mistakes had been made in determining when Apple had first notified Samsung about the alleged violations of the patents for its trend-setting iPhone and IPad.
Koh also ordered a new trial on Apple's allegations that Samsung stole its ideas for more than a dozen different smartphones and tablet computers that include several models in Samsung's hot- selling Galaxy lineup.
The new trial leaves open the possibility that Samsung's damages bill could rise back up, depending on the findings of a new jury.
Although Koh denied Apple's attempt to increase the verdict that the jury reached last August, she agreed that Samsung should be forced to pay an unspecified amount of extra damages that weren't covered in the first trial.
She said those damages will be applied on sales of certain Samsung devices after Aug. 25 - the date of the original verdict.
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