Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 1st Mar 2013 22:20 UTC
Legal Judge Lucy Koh has almost halved the $1 billion in damages the jury awarded to Apple. "Koh found two main errors in the way the jury calculated the damages awarded to Apple. They used Samsung's profits to determine the amount the company owed for infringing some of Apple's utility patents - a practice only appropriate when calculating damages owed when design patents have been infringed. They also erred when calculating the time period Apple should be awarded damages for. Koh explains that Apple was only due damages for product sales that occurred after Cupertino informed Samsung of its belief that the violations were taking place." It's almost as if the bunch of random people in this jury had no clue what they were doing in what is possibly the most complex patent trial in history.
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RE: Confused
by Nelson on Sat 2nd Mar 2013 00:25 UTC in reply to "Confused"
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Samsung and Apple had an opportunity to opt for a bench trial, they decided to forego that and have a jury trial instead.

The Judge still has a fair amount of discretion, as evidenced here.

I don't think juries should calculate damages or even render verdicts in patent cases. This is just too complex. The jury instructions were hundreds of pages long. I don't think people quite grasp the complexity that both sides introduced into this trial.

They're dealing with a lot, and did the best they can. If they made mistakes then the judge will take care of that.

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