This patent is particularly important because it's the only one where Apple can collect money for lost revenue

Samsung wanted to re-examine a key patent in the most recent U.S. trial against Apple, but the judge says no. 
According to a new report from CNET, Samsung was denied an emergency motion to stay a patent infringement damages trial as it questioned the validity of one particular Apple patent. Judge Lucy Koh -- a United States District Judge for the Northern District of California -- is the one who denied the motion.
"If Samsung is truly concerned about efficiency, the court encourages Samsung to discuss with Apple an agreement to forgo post-trial motions so that the parties can expeditiously appeal this entire case to the Federal Circuit," wrote Koh in her decision. 
Samsung is concerned about Apple patent No. 7,844,915, which covers the "pinch to zoom" feature. This patent is particularly important because it's the only one where Apple can collect money for lost revenue. 
When Samsung filed the emergency motion Wednesday (the day before the Silicon Valley jury was to deliver a verdict), the company argued that the pinch to zoom patent might be deemed invalid by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and that reaching a verdict at that time could be too soon.
Apple wanted to press on, saying that a delay would waste time and money. 
The two tech giants have been warring over patents with one another for over two years now. It largely began in April 2011, when Apple called Samsung an iPhone and iPad copycat. From there, lawsuits have been flung back and forth all over the world. 
In August 2012, a California jury decided that Samsung infringed on several Apple patents and should have to pay $1.05 billion in damages. However, Judge Lucy Koh -- a United States District Judge for the Northern District of California -- said that sum might not have been calculated correctly. 
Koh later vacated $450 million of that award, and left Samsung with the remaining $600 million to pay. 
This most recent trial in Silicon Valley aimed to decide if Samsung should pay more or less of that $450 million that was vacated. Judge Koh called a meeting Wednesday to help the jury learn how to properly calculate the final sum. Now that the jury has decided that Samsung should pay $290 million, the South Korean electronics maker now owes Apple about $890 million total.

Source: CNET

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