Judge’s decree says Samsung did not willfully infringe Apple’s patent
August of 2012, the Jury verdict had been handed down and according to it, the Korean tech giant willfully infringed five of Apple’s seven patents. This then results to $1.05 Billion in damages to be paid to Apple.
Samsung however challenged the said Jury decision that they’ve willfully used Apple’s patents without the latter’s consent, claiming that it had reason to believe that Apple’s patents were ‘invalid’.
Judge Koh agreed with Samsung after further study and claimed that Apple (the maker of the iPhone 5) had failed to prove the “objectively high likelihood that [Samsung’s] actions constituted infringement of a valid patent.”
Now, just because the maker of the Galaxy S3 was not found to be willfully infringing on Apple’s patents, it doesn’t automatically means that they won’t have to pay the $1.05 Billion fine.
The Judge’s conclusion only saves the latter from more trouble and expenses that would have been incurred had she agreed with the Jury’s verdict.
Now, there were a couple of other ruling handed down by the Judge and though for most of it, Judge Koh followed suit with the rest of the findings, including the denial of Apple’s request for additional $3 Billion damages fine for Samsung.
Judge Koh also explained: “Given that Apple has not clearly shown how it has in fact been undercompensated 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.”
However, there is still a big chance that Judge Koh would reduce Samsung’s fine, but the latter has not given any indication as to such a ruling could come down for now.
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