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[3]: Ah, damn.
by Nelson on Sat 2nd Mar 2013 00:57 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Ah, damn."
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My point was that the reduction may not actually end up being a reduction. People get too hung up on procedural stuff and draw the wrong conclusions.

I think ultimately Apple will end up with a figure hovering around $1B. Remember that Apple has also appealed the triple damages aspect of this trial and has tried to get an exclusion order.

This is far from the last shot fired. Its like getting excited when Samsung got jury instructions striken. Its I guess nice at the moment, but you need to look at the bigger picture.

Edit: And yes, its about the money, but in a different way. Apple doesnt' need a billion dollars. They have 100 billion dollars. What they do need is the stigma and cloud of uncertainty that will arise over Android, and the import bans. Monetary compensation is secondary to all that.

This is a complex, multi trial, multi year, game of chess between two of the biggest companies in the world. Apple will lose some, Samsung will lose some, but its how it affects the larger picture that matters.

Apple is systematically trying to shut out Android, and damage the Samsung brand by associating them with being a copier, AND make it so OEMs think twice about licensing Android.

Edited 2013-03-02 00:59 UTC

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