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Samsung gets a nice boost from court win

Judge Lucy Koh of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Friday dropped a bombshell on Apple, Inc. (AAPL), effectively tossing $400M USD in damages from the $1.05B USD jury verdict against Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930).

The modification was due to a mistake in how the damages were calculated by the jury on 14 products.  At least part of that sum may come back, as Judge Koh ordered the two to participate in a new damages trial.  The products involved in that trial will be Samsung's:
  • Captivate
  • Continuum
  • Droid Charge
  • Epic 4G
  • Exhibit 4G
  • Indulge
  • Infuse 4G
  • Galaxy Prevail
  • Gem
  • Galaxy SII for AT&T
  • Galaxy Tab
  • Nexus S 4G
  • Replenish
  • Transform
Judge Koh writes, "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."

Apple on Samsung phone
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Samsung, while disappointed at Judge Koh's decision not to review the merit of the verdict, cheered the damage vacation, commenting to Reuters, "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."

Apple shares fell nearly 1.8 percent on the news, while Samsung shares rallied 1.1 percent upwards.

Samsung will be appealing the overall verdict in the appeals circuit.  The South Korean phone giant should be aided by the fact that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has filed preliminary invalidation rulings regarding two of the key Apple utility patents involved in the case.  Samsung faces one other additional trial in which Apple claims patent violations against Samsung's newer products.

Source: Reuters

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RE: Talk about overreaction
By Tony Swash on 3/5/2013 7:30:52 AM , Rating: 2
It has to do with the apparent confirmation that Apple is losing it's ability to use predatory patent litigation as a method of manipulating the consumer electronics market.

The reality distortion field at full strength. Hundreds of millions of customers choose Apple products as against those of numerous competitors and this can only be the result of the manipulation of the consumer electronics market. Apple's success is a mistake, illusionary or the result of illegitimate and fraudulent manoeuvre.

iPhobes are morphing into clones of pathetic whining Mac users from the 1990s.

RE: Talk about overreaction
By Cheesew1z69 on 3/5/2013 8:25:22 AM , Rating: 2
And you are just pathetic...

RE: Talk about overreaction
By retrospooty on 3/5/2013 9:05:47 AM , Rating: 2
Isnt it funny how he is so into a company, that in his mind anyone that isn't has a mental issues he has dubbed iPhobia? LOL.

Yes Tony, we all sit awake at night being scared of Apple. Because we think about it that much. ;)

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