Judge Slashes Apple Patent Award By $450m
A US judge has slashed nearly half of the $1bn damage award a jury ordered Samsung Electronics to pay Apple Inc over design rights for smartphones.
US District Court Judge Lucy Koh lowered the damages awarded to Apple by $450.5m for 14 Samsung products, including some of its Galaxy lineup, saying jurors had not properly followed her instruction in calculating damages.
She also concluded that mistakes had been made in determining when Apple had first notified Samsung about the alleged violations of patents for its iPhones and iPads.
Judge Koh ordered a new trial to recalculate damages for those products.
Lauren Restuccia, a Samsung spokeswoman, said: "We are pleased that the court decided to strike $450,514,650 from the jury's award.
"Samsung intends to seek further review as to the remaining award."
Apple declined to comment on the ruling.
The decision reduced Samsung's bill to just under $599m, but that figure could increase after appeals from both companies have been resolved.
Apple is seeking more damages and Samsung a complete dismissal of the case in the US Court of Appeals.
In December, Judge Koh refused to order a sales ban on the products the jury found infringed Apple's patents.
After a three-week trial, the jury found several Samsung products illegally used Apple creations such as the "bounce-back" feature, when a user scrolls to an end image, and the ability to zoom text with the tap of a finger, and ordered it to pay $1.05bn.
Apple filed another lawsuit last year, accusing Samsung's newer line of products of continuing to use technology it controls.
Both companies have also filed similar lawsuits in eight other countries, including the UK, Japan and Australia.