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Apple's $1 Billion Win Against Samsung Cut by $450 Million

By - Source: Reuters | B 26 comments

Damages required to be recalculated as part of a new trial.

Apple's $1 billion court case win against Samsung in August 2012 has been cut by $450 million.

The judge in last year's patent case, Lucy Koh, cut damages on several Samsung products found to have infringed upon Apple's patents, with $450.5 million being deducted from the original $1.05 billion judgment.

She also called for a new trial for the damages in order to recalculate them. "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," stated Judge Koh, who is from the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

The products she's referring to include the 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. The Prevail accounted for $57.9 million of the damages, which Koh said was a wrong judgment, as the device was found to infringe on solely utility patents and not on design patents.

"We are pleased that the court decided to strike $450,514,650 from the jury's award," Samsung said. "Samsung intends to seek further review as to the remaining award." Apple declined to comment on the ruling.

Until appeals in the case are concluded, Koh added that she would not evaluate evidence regarding post-verdict sales, in addition to the interest generated before the judgment. It's currently unknown when the new trial for the 14 products in question will occur.

Either way, both Samsung and Apple will meet in a new trial during March 2014 over a separate group of patents and products such as the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S3.

Following the August judgment in 2012, Samsung pointed towards jury foreman Velvin Hogan's failure to disclose previous litigation with Seagate Technology, a firm in which Samsung is a major investor. It also accused Hogan of purported bias displayed by statements made to the media after the verdict. Samsung, however, was denied a new trial, while Apple had its request to triple the $1.05 billion in damages rejected; judge Koh ruled that Samsung did not willingly infringe upon its rival's patents.

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    sliem , March 4, 2013 6:04 PM
    Stupid legal battles. Invention stalls and customers lose while lawyers win and take their money to hell.
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    wannabepro , March 4, 2013 6:42 PM
    "Q: What's the difference between a lawyer and a leech?"
    "A: After you die, a leech stops sucking your blood."

    Yeah.. This helps no-one. I mean, I hate Apple, but the court battles just screw over the customer.
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    DEVILVSANGEL00 , March 4, 2013 6:42 PM
    After CrApple has lost 1/3 of its so called value over the last 5 months and the isheep are starting to wake up a little CrApple are gonna need every penny. (even tho it dont deseve any of this money)
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  • 25 Hide
    sliem , March 4, 2013 6:04 PM
    Stupid legal battles. Invention stalls and customers lose while lawyers win and take their money to hell.
  • 25 Hide
    wannabepro , March 4, 2013 6:42 PM
    "Q: What's the difference between a lawyer and a leech?"
    "A: After you die, a leech stops sucking your blood."

    Yeah.. This helps no-one. I mean, I hate Apple, but the court battles just screw over the customer.
  • 23 Hide
    DEVILVSANGEL00 , March 4, 2013 6:42 PM
    After CrApple has lost 1/3 of its so called value over the last 5 months and the isheep are starting to wake up a little CrApple are gonna need every penny. (even tho it dont deseve any of this money)
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    bigshootr8 , March 4, 2013 6:43 PM
    I agree its pretty ridiculous It honestly feels like this is the only way Apple can stay innovative patent everything whether they own it or not and then sue those who make something similar.
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    iknowhowtofixit , March 4, 2013 6:44 PM
    sliemStupid legal battles. Invention stalls and customers lose while lawyers win and take their money to hell.


    I completely agree where you are coming from but somehow the show "Suits" is freaking awesome. Go figure.
  • 17 Hide
    amrut223 , March 4, 2013 6:52 PM
    What a shock... Time for the rest of the damages to be dropped.
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    noob2222 , March 4, 2013 6:52 PM
    apple needs to sue that jury member for the loss of $450M.

    In all fairness, Apple needs to have more of their patents rejected due to prior art.
  • 19 Hide
    madjimms , March 4, 2013 6:53 PM
    Time to dump your stocks.
  • 6 Hide
    TheBigTroll , March 4, 2013 6:57 PM
    geez, honestly not many people care who is winning. just get it over with and save money
  • 15 Hide
    john15v16 , March 4, 2013 6:58 PM
    ...whooo hoo! THG New's is good today!
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    myromance123 , March 4, 2013 7:07 PM
    Ah, if only we could use open source licenses for patents. That way, everyone can keep innovating on the ideas without misusing it or claiming it as to destroy the inventors of the ideas.
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    m32 , March 4, 2013 7:18 PM
    "I knew Samsung was guilty when I saw the emails." - One Jury member.

    Samsung never had a chance to win in Cali. I couldn't believe he admitted it publicly.
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    house70 , March 4, 2013 8:28 PM
    After a few days where every other tech news outlet hyped about this, TH decided they can't hide any longer... LOL.
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    f-14 , March 4, 2013 8:49 PM
    good thing i'm not samsung, i'd buy up as much apple stock in a hostile take over bid as possible and for the board member votes those shares commanded. not that apple is worth it, but if samsung got majority, they should hack and slash the competence leading apple until they could take what they wanted and sell off pieces of apple they didn't need.

    it would be nice to set a road sign out for other companies trying to fight a patent war what will happen to them.
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    downhill911 , March 4, 2013 9:24 PM
    We all know 'Steve Jobs did everything', sadly he is no longer with us meaning they need someone with brain and they haven't found him yet.
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    ta152h , March 4, 2013 10:04 PM
    Laws are in place to protect innovation. If you don't allow and protect patents the impetus for invention is curtailed.

    Companies should sue other companies that steal their inventions. I know too little about this case to say Samsung did, of course, but they probably did if they were convicted by a jury, and they should pay and like it.

    It's not a perfect system, but it's better than having none at all. I think where it fails is on common sense stuff that gets patented, and that could very well apply to this case. There's too much of that. But, on real technology, where a company designs something unique, and other companies copy it, I'm all for patent protection because the company that developed it paid massive amounts of money to do so, and it's grossly unfair for a company to be a leech without compensating the originator for their costs. That's how patents are supposed to work, even though they often do not.
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    madjimms , March 4, 2013 11:31 PM
    downhill911We all know 'Steve Jobs did everything', sadly he is no longer with us meaning they need someone with brain and they haven't found him yet.

    Steve Jobs was good at MARKETING & hyping people up for Wozniak's actual innovations.

    Wozniak should be given the credit.
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    darkavenger123 , March 5, 2013 2:47 AM
    Apple will sue the Judge next for not letting them have their way.
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    becherovka , March 5, 2013 4:23 AM
    Why did it take this long for toms hardware to report this. Anyway its still too much to pay for nothing. The tech patents should copy those in Automotive and we would have a much better system.
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    soundping , March 5, 2013 6:36 AM
    The US Patent Office is completely broken.
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