Congrats, Samsung, Now You Owe Apple Only $600M
Judge reduces last year's billion-dollar award
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 1, 2013 4:38 PM CST
A file photo of Samsung's Galaxy S, left, and Apple's iPhone 4.   (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

(Newser) – A federal judge today erased nearly half of the $1 billion in damages that a jury decided that Samsung should pay Apple in a high-profile trial over the smartphone and tablet computer patents. US District Court Judge Lucy Koh lowered the damages awarded to Apple by $450.5 million, saying jurors had not properly followed her instruction in calculating damages. The ruling reduced Samsung's bill to just under $599 million.

The jury decided last year that Samsung ripped off the technology used by Apple to create its iPhone and iPad, and ordered Samsung to pay Apple $1.05 billion in the latest skirmish of a global legal battle between the two tech giants. Samsung has mounted an aggressive post-trial attack on the verdict, raising a number of legal issues that allege the South Korean company was treated unfairly in a federal courtroom a dozen miles from Apple's Cupertino headquarters. The case is ultimately expected to land before the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, if not the Supreme Court.

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mikech
Mar 2, 2013 7:49 AM CST
This war between Apple and Samsung illustrates the f'ed up patent system. A Slide to Unlock feature should not be awarded a patent. The same thing goes for business processes. The only people benefiting from the current state are the patent lawyers.
thesecondsfade
Mar 1, 2013 10:16 PM CST
Android will never meet the likes of IOS in user experience. Nor with Windows Phone. I know the Galaxy line is popular... But it's still Android.
Kenny1945
Mar 1, 2013 9:18 PM CST
Microsoft rip off Apple on their windows desktop and they got a pass, by the way how can you copyright "Windows" I think I have 6 or 8 in my house alone, never mind my car??