In one of the most dramatic and closely watched court-battle (after Oracle-Google), judge Lucy Koh has issued four rulings on post-trial briefs.
In a nutshell there won’t be a new trial, as Samsung wanted, because the judge thinks that the trial was fair despite allegations that the jury foreman could have been biased. She also ruled that there won’t be any more money for Apple as the iPhone maker failed to prove they were ‘undercompensated’ by the jury. The most important ruling was that she also found that ‘Samsung did not willfully’ infringe’.
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So, Samsung owes Apple US $1 billion for a non will ful infringement. That’s cheap for a company as huge as Samsung.
This case doesn’t stop here. As Groklaw writes:
Next stop, appeals court, where we will find out if they agree with Judge Koh that the trial was fair. Meanwhile, 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. A billion dollars for infringement that was officially not willful. Your US patent law at work. How do you like it?
Groklaw also points out other issues which are appeal-able and Samsung may have a better chance at the appeals court.