Last year, Apple won a $1-billion award vs Samsung in one of their biggest patent battles after a jury said that the South Korean company copied patented features of Apple’s smartphones in creating their flagship smartphone – the Samsung Galaxy series.
However, the $1-billion grant will now be significantly-reduced after US District Court Judge Lucy Koh ordered to slash the award by $450 million. Koh said that the jury did not follow his previous order with regards to the calculation of the damages.
In her ruling, Koh said: “Some of the awards rested on impermissible legal theories. The court has identified an impermissible legal theory on which the jury based its award and cannot reasonably calculate the amount of excess while effectuating the intent of the jury.”
Koh also added the two smartphone company giants will be scheduled to appear in another trial later this year to discuss the $450-million reduction, which could be increased or decreased depending on the decision after the next trial. The remaining $599-million award for other patent violation will remain.
In December, Koh also had a decision that favored Samsung. The federal judge declined to give into Apple’s US sales ban request on all Samsung products included in the case. Koh said that Apple failed to prove that the copied features drove consumers to buy Samsung products instead of their iPhone or iPad.
Apple has yet to issue their official statement. On the other hand, Samsung, of course, was elated with the decision, while also saying that their company will make moves to increase the amount to be reduced from the original award.
“We are pleased that the court decided to strike $450,514,650 from the jury’s award. Samsung intends to seek further review as to the remaining award,” Samsung spokeswoman Lauren Restuccia said.