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Score one for Samsung, judge cuts Apple’s $1.05 billion jury award by more than 40%

March 1 2013

A federal judge reviewing the$1.05 billion jury award to Apple in its patent dispute with Samsung, has slashed over $450 million from the total and wants a new trial to determine damages.

Judge Lucy Koh of the U.S. District Court Northern District of California in San Jose, said the new trial would determine how much of the $450.5 million stricken from the original damage award related to 14 Samsung products should stand.

According to a report by Reuters, Koh said the jury incorrectly calculated part of the damages and that a new trial was needed to determine the actual, final dollar amount, which could be less than or more than the original $450.5 million set by the jury.

The patents in question covered both the iPhone and iPad which Apple said Samsung’s smartphones and tablets both infringed on.

Between them, Apple and Samsung account for about 1 of every 2 mobile phones sold, while Apple’s iPad holds about a 50% share of the tablet market, according to analysts.

Both Apple and Samsung have filed patent suits against each other in courts outside the U.S. which ended what was once a close partnership. A separate Samsung unit that makes components has been a major supplier of displays for Apple’s iPhone and iPad, but Apple is believed to now be transitioning to other suppliers. 

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