Judge: Samsung didn't 'willfully' infringe Apple patents

A California judge made a post-trial ruling today in the Apple vs. Samsung case that will most likely prevent the iPhone-maker from collecting millions more in damages

U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh handed down some of her first post-trial rulings from the much publicized Apple v. Samsung patent case this evening.

In a 32-page order filed today, the judge said she predominantly agreed with the jury's decision that Samsung infringed on seven of Apple's design and utility patents. However, she disagreed with one finding -- that Samsung "willfully" infringed on Apple's patents.

What this means is that Apple will now be unable to triple its damage awards. If Koh had agreed with the jury on this decision, Apple could have collected up to as much as three times in damages from Samsung.

The trial between the two tech giants wrapped up in August after the jury awarded Apple $1.05 billion in damages. However, the two sides have been duking it out over a final judgment on damages. Apple has been trying to tack on more than $500 million, while Samsung has been trying to shave off $600 million.

Koh wrote in her ruling that in order to find Samsung willfully infringed on the patents, Apple would have to prove "by clear and convincing evidence that the infringer acted despite an objectively high likelihood that its actions constituted infringement of a valid patent." Samsung has argued that it didn't think Apple's patents were valid and therefore didn't believe it was infringing. Koh has accepted Samsung's argument for the "willful" standard.

Despite Koh ruling that no "willful" infringement took place, she still maintains the jury's findings that Samsung did infringe on Apple's patents.

 

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