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Apple vs Samsung: Judge cuts damages in half by $450 million

Judge Lucy Koh has cut damages that Samsung owes Apple down by $450 million, orders a new trial to settle them, citing jury errors in the previous trial

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If you thought the Apple vs Samsung case was over, think again. The trial’s judge, Lucy Koh, has cut the damages owed to Apple down by $450 million, citing errors in the jury’s judgement during the original trial. According to FOSS Patents:

“The $450 million amount corresponds to 14 Samsung products, with respect to which a new damages trial must be held because the court cannot make the adjustments it deems necessary for legal reasons: the jury set only one damages figure per product, but half a dozen different intellectual property rights were found infringed, resulting in a lack of clarity as to what portion of a per-product damages figure is attributable to a given intellectual property right.”

In other words, because the original judgement made wasn’t clear enough about which products infringed which intellectual property rights, a re-trial is required to work out exactly how much of that $450 million reduction should still be paid.

While it might seem like a loss for Apple on the surface, it’s still owed the remaining $598.9 million from the original judgement, plus whatever is decided from the re-trial, plus interest, plus supplemental damages (based on sales figures).