Apple Inc. (AAPL) vs. Samsung: Judge Koh Urges For ‘Global Peace’

Apple Inc. (AAPL) vs. Samsung: Judge Koh Urges For ‘Global Peace’
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Apple Inc. (AAPL) vs. Samsung: Judge Koh Urges For 'Global Peace'

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) faced off in court for their latest round of legal action Thursday, and the judge in the case urged “global peace” between the two tech giants.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung are facing each other down in courtrooms all over the world, and the BBC quotes Judge Koh as saying, “I think it’s time for global peace.” TechCrunch said she is probably aiming for a settlement similar to the licensing deal Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) reached with HTC Corp (TPE:2498) recently.

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Thursday’s appeal played out in a California district court, where Judge Lucy Koh reviewed the $1.05 billion verdict handed down by a jury in August against Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94). The jury decided that certain Samsung devices infringed on patents held by Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), which is trying to get those devices banned.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94)  focused on the jury’s calculations in determining how much it should have to pay. Apple argued that the judge shouldn’t examine the jury’s reasoning on each device, but she did deem it as “appropriate” to analyze each product.

Samsung also argued that it should receive a new trial, claiming juror misconduct, although an outside lawyer cited by Reutersdid not think much of that argument. Samsung’s argument for juror misconduct hinges on jury foreman Velvin Hogan, who apparently did not disclose that Seagate Technology PLC (NASDAQ:STX), a company he once worked for, sued him in 1993. Currently Samsung holds a stake in Seagate Technology PLC (NASDAQ:STX).

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is trying to see the damages it received in this case increased by more than $500 million and a ban placed on eight of Samsung’s smartphones, which the jury ruled as infringing on its patents.

Judge Koh told both parties Thursday that she would release her ruling at a later date.

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