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The long-running and acrimonious Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) v. Samsung (005930.KS) patent-infringement trial appears to have no end in sight as the presiding judge recently vacated $450 million in damages awarded to Apple and is now ordering a new trial to reconsider the amount of damages.
Judge Lucy Koh, who is presiding over both Apple v. Samsung trials in California, removed $450 million from a total of $1.05 billion in damages that was awarded to Apple by a jury in August of 2012. Judge Koh wrote in her ruling that she altered the award because she determined that the jury had based its award on an “impermissible legal theory.”
Per her ruling, via Scribd, Koh ordered that a new trial with a new jury be held to determine damages related to the following Samsung products: “Galaxy Prevail, Gem, Indulge, Infuse 4G, Galaxy SII AT&T, Captivate, Continuum, Droid Charge, Epic 4G, Exhibit 4G, Galaxy Tab, Nexus S 4G, Replenish, and Transform.”
Despite the significant damages reduction, Samsung is still left with a $599 million damages bill that it owes Apple. However, there is little chance of Apple seeing any payout from Samsung until both companies’ appeals run their course through the courts.
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