On To The Appeal... As Judge Basically Keeps Everything As Is In Apple/Samsung Patent Dispute
from the get-this-show-on-the-road dept
This probably isn't a huge surprise, but Judge Lucy Koh has basically decided not to do anything at all about the various attempts by both Samsung and Apple to change the overall impact of the initial jury ruling. That is, she rejected Samsung's call for a new trial or to overturn the jury's findings. She also rejected Samsung's attempt to invalidate some of the patents. On Apple's side, she rejected Apple's request to pump up the award amount for "willful" infringement, claiming that there's no evidence that Samsung's actions were willful, since it showed evidence of why it really believed that there was prior art invalidating Apple's key patents. Oh yeah, and then there's this lovely sentence:
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.To paraphrase: "the jury basically handed you a billion dollars, and you're still complaining?!?" All of this, of course, was just the appetizer. Now we move on to the appeals process, meaning we've probably got a few more years of this to deal with, unless the two sides decide to shut up and settle.