Apple vs Samsung: Judge’s post-trial ruling declares infringement wasn’t wilful

30 Jan 2013

In post-trial rulings handed down yesterday, US district judge Lucy Koh denied both Samsung and Apple their request for a new patents trial and decided that the damages awarded last year would remain as is.

The San Jose, California, court case between Apple and Samsung ended last August with Samsung found to have infringed on six of Apple’s mobile device patents and the latter being awarded US$1.049bn in damages.

Apple sought to increase the award by US$536m while Samsung argued it should be reduced by more than US$600m, however, judge Koh denied both parties these requests, as well as their requests for a new trial.

The judge did reverse the jury’s decision that Samsung had wilfully infringed on Apple’s patents, though, denying Apple the chance at tripling some of its damages.

Koh denied Apple’s request to ban sales of 26 of Samsung’s devices in the US as Apple was unable to convince the judge that these sales were solely driven by infringing technologies. Apple also wanted to the judge to overturn the jury’s ruling that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 did not infringe a patent pertaining to the design of the iPad, but this was also denied.

In the meantime, Apple has asked the US Court of Appeals to review two appeals seeking to block sales of Samsung’s infringing products.

Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.