As Samsung Australia gets set to take on Apple in the Federal Court, a judge in the USA has decided to overturn some of the jury’s findings in the case that saw Samsung slapped with a $1.002 billion damages ruling.
U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh decided to overturn some of the jury’s findings claiming she agreed that Apple had failed to prove the “objectively high likelihood that [Samsung’s] actions constituted infringement of a valid patent.”
In August of 2012 a US jury ruled that Samsung wilfully infringed five of seven different Apple patents, resulting in Apple being awarded $1.002 billion in damages to be paid to Apple.
Samsung then challenged that the jury’s decision.
Judge Koh’s determination saves Samsung the further trouble (and expenses) that would have been incurred had she agreed with the jury’s original decision.
Several other rulings were handed down by Judge Koh, though for the most part, she followed suit with the rest of the jury’s findings, including denying Apple the additional $3 billion in damages it requested.
“Given that Apple has not clearly shown how it has in fact been under compensated 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,” Judge Koh explained.
The Verge said there is still a chance Judge Koh could reduce Samsung’s payout, but she has not given any indication such a ruling could come down as of yet.