U.S. Judge Reduces Apple’s Patent Award in Samsung Case

 On Friday, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh reduced the damage award settled on by a jury in the lawsuit brought by Apple against Samsung Electronics.  This is just the latest of a string of patent trials in the smartphone industry that have occurred in the last two years.  By reducing the jury’s damage award from $1 billion to just under $600 million, Judge Koh has set the table for a settlement agreement.  Samsung has already changed the technology of their phones and tablets to avoid infringing Apple’s patents.  However, this new trial will still involve four of Samsung’s phones: the Gem, Indulge, Infuse 4G, and Galaxy S II.  In order to make a decision, the court must look at when Samsung had become fully aware that it was infringing Apple’s patents and whether or not Samsung’s infringement caused Apple to lose sales.  

Given the overwhelming size of the smartphone and tablet market, courts have had difficulty determining the rightful amount damages in these patent cases.  This case will play an important role in setting precedent for similar cases in the future.

Written by: Constantine Kostikas

Source: WSJ.com

Sherr, I. (2013). U.S. Judge Reduces Apple’s Patent Award in Samsung Case. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved from http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323478304578334540541100744.html?mod=WSJ_business_LeadStoryCollection

 

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