Judge dashes Samsung’s hopes for a new trial against Apple over 381 patent

23 Aug 2013154 Views

US District Court Judge Lucy Koh has denied Samsung a new trial over Apple’s 381 or “bounce back” patent.

The patent covers the “bounce back” that users experience when they scroll to the bottom of the screen, as well as a range of touchscreen actions, including dragging documents.

According to CNET, the “bounce back” was one of the key issues raised during the major Apple vs Samsung trial last year over more than 20 Samsung smartphones and two tablets, after which Apple was awarded US$1.05bn.

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Koh later reduced this amount by US$450.5m and a new trial is to be facilitated to recalculate the damages.

She ruled that the 381 patent issue came within the remit of the retrial, smashing Samsung’s hopes for a brand new patent trial.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years

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