All the latest UK technology news, reviews and analysis


Samsung avoids extra damages in Apple patent infringement case

30 Jan 2013
gavelandscales

A US judge has shot down Apple's attempt to win higher damages from Samsung over patent infringement.

Judge Lucy Koh determined that Samsung did not wilfully infringe on Apple patents. The judge's ruling is now expected to go to appeals as the two firms continue their global legal patent fight.

"Given that Apple has not clearly shown how it has in fact been under compensated for the losses it has suffered due to Samsung's dilution of its trade dress, this Court, in its discretion, does not find a damages enhancement to be appropriate," wrote Judge Koh in her ruling uncovered by Groklaw.

Apple had hoped the court would find Samsung of wilful infringement of its patents, which could have resulted in damages worth three times the initial ones it was awarded last year.

Judge Koh said her decision was partially based on the idea that Samsung had just cause to believe that it didn't infringe on certain Apple patents.

According to the judge, Samsung did not have enough evidence to prove it didn't infringe upon Apple patents. However, the company did present a reasonable case for its belief that it didn't think it was infringing.

Along with the consistent damages ruling, Judge Koh also ruled that Samsung could not overturn the original court ruling in the case. Samsung had hoped to avoid paying Apple over $1bn in damages. However, with the recent ruling it will still be required to pay fees to Apple.

Following Judge Koh's ruling the two companies at the heart of the case are expected to head to appeals court. Both Samsung and Apple have been in a global patent dispute with each other over the past several years.

"Poor Apple will have to make do with a mere $1 billion as its jury award. We'll see if that stands on appeal too," wrote Groklaw legal blogger Pamela Jones on the case.

V3 reached out to both Samsung and Apple for comment on the ruling. Samsung offered a no comment. Apple has yet to respond to inquiries.

  • Comment  
  • Tweet  
  • Google plus  
  • Facebook  
  • LinkedIn  
  • Stumble Upon  
James Dohnert
About

James is a freelance writer and editor. In addition to ClickZ, his work has appeared in publications like V3, The Commonwealth Club, CachedTech.com, and Shonen Jump magazine. He studied Journalism at Weber State University.

More on Government
What do you think?
blog comments powered by Disqus
Poll

BYOD vs CYOD vs BYOC poll

Which approach is your firm taking to managing employees' mobile devices?
21%
13%
4%
21%
31%
10%

Popular Threads

Powered by Disqus
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet powered by Android KitKat 4.4

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet video

We take a look at the lightweight, waterproof tablet

Updating your subscription status Loading
Newsletters

Get the latest news (daily or weekly) direct to your inbox with V3 newsletters.

newsletter sign-up button
hpv33

Data protection: the key challenges

Deduplication is a foundational technology for efficient backup and recovery

rdc2

iPad makes its mark in the enterprise

The iPad can become a supercharged unified communications endpoint, allowing users to enhance their productivity

Software Development Engineer

Develop: Customise: Configure. Maximise your technical...

Manual Test Analyst /Tester Windows SQL Finance

Manual Test Analyst /Tester Windows SQL Financial Software...

.NET 4.5 Software Engineer C# Visual Studio

.NET 4.5 Software Engineer C# Visual Studio An opportunity...

Senior Project Manager (Software, service, technology, digital

Senior Project Manager (Software, service, technology...
To send to more than one email address, simply separate each address with a comma.