Judge halves Apple award, sets new trial

March 1, 2013 at 5:39 PM
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SAN FRANCISCO, March 1 (UPI) -- A U.S. judge has voided nearly half of Apple's $1 billion patent judgment against Samsung, calling for a new trial to set revised damage amounts.

U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh, sitting at the Northern District of California, agreed with Samsung's lawyers the jury had erred last August in some of its damage calculations for the 14 Samsung products it said violated Apple patents, meaning that a new trial must be conducted to determine what the damages should be for those devices, techcrunch.com reported Friday.

Devices included in the new trial would include the Samsung Galaxy SII, the Galaxy Tab, the Nexus 4G and others.

In a second trial a new jury would decide it Apple should be awarded more or less in damages based on their evaluation of the per-product cost of infringement for those devices.

A new trial will likely not be heard until appeals of the original ruling have run their course, MacRumors reported.

Apple is entitled to an award of almost $600 million from the part of Koh has determined should stand.

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