Judge Denies Apple and Samsung Motions Over Damages Retrial
As Samsung (SSNLF.PK) and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) prepare for yet another patent-infringement trial in the Northern District of California, both companies are still submitting motions related to the damages trial that concluded last November. As reported by Foss Patents, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh recently denied “judgment as a matter of law” motions, or JMOL motions, that were submitted by both parties.
According to Judge Koh’s order, Apple was seeking “supplemental damages, and prejudgment interest.” Apple contended that “[t]he only reasonable conclusion that the jury could have reached…was that Apple is entitled to the full amount of Samsung’s profits.” During last year’s trial, Apple was asking the court for almost $380 million in damages.
However, the jury in the previous trial ruled that Samsung should pay the iPhone maker only about $290 million in damages over thirteen products that were found to be infringing on five of Apple’s patents. Along with the damages award from a previous trial, Samsung now owes Apple approximately $930 million. In her order, Judge Koh noted that the jury in the previous trial “partially credited both sides’ positions and reached a reasonable decision.” For this reason, Judge Koh denied Apple’s JMOL motion for a larger portion of Samsung’s profits.
On the other hand, Samsung was seeking an overall smaller damages award through several JMOL motions, including one that argued that the jury had improperly double counted “both lost profits and infringer’s profits for the same infringing sales.” However, Judge Koh disagreed with Samsung’s arguments and denied all of the Korea-based company’s JMOL motions.