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Court slashes Samsung's $1b damages bill

Reported by AAP
Saturday, March 2, 2013
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A US judge slashed nearly half of the $US1 billion ($A984.40 million) damage award a jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple over the rights to the design and technology running market-leading smartphones and tablet computers.

US District Court Judge Lucy Koh lowered the damages awarded to Apple by $US450.5 million ($A443.47 million) for 14 Samsung products including some products in its hot-selling Galaxy lineup, saying jurors had not properly followed her instruction in calculating some of the 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 trend-setting iPhone and IPad.

Koh ordered a new trial to recalculate damages for those products.

"We are pleased that the court decided to strike $US450,514,650 from the jury's award," Samsung spokeswoman Lauren Restuccia said.

"Samsung intends to seek further review as to the remaining award."

Apple declined to comment on the Koh's ruling.

The ruling reduced Samsung Electronics' bill to just under $599 million. The judge said the tab will probably increase after the appeals of both companies are resolved.

Apple is seeking more damages and Samsung a complete dismissal of the case in the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Washington, D.C.-based court that handles all patent appeals.

The new trial to recalculate the damages could also increase the award.

Still, the ruling was the second significant setback in Koh's courtroom since the headline grabbing verdict was announced.

In December, Koh refused to order a sales ban on the products the jury found infringed Apple's patents.

She said Apple failed to prove the technology is what drove consumers to buy a Samsung product instead of an Apple iPhone or iPad.

Samsung says that it is continues to sell only three of the two dozen products found to have infringed Apple's patents.

After a three-week trial closely followed in Silicon Valley, the jury decided that Samsung ripped off Apple's trailblazing technology and sleek designs and ordered Samsung to pay Apple $1.05b.

Samsung has emerged as one of Apple's biggest rivals and has overtaken it as the leading smartphone maker.

29/11/2014 00:19Sydney, Australia. 29 November,2014
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