In another blow to Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930)’s patent war against Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), a federal judge has denied the Korean firm’s request to put a hold on the patent infringement damages trial. Last year, a jury found that Samsung violated five of Apple’s patents concerning the iPhone’s design and functionality.
Recently, in the same case, a judge ordered for a new trial to recalculate the damages, which were earlier calculated as $450 million.
Apple scoring again
A few days back, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) filed a motion asking the jury to put a stay on the trial. The Korean firm argued that the US Patent Office was considering the validity of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), patent No. 7,844,915 also known as “pinch to zoom,” which is the only one for which the iPhone maker can claim money for lost revenue. Apple patent No. 7,844,915 covers a method by which users could use fingers to create a zoom-in or zoom-out effect.
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Samsung’s motion was rejected by U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh on Monday, saying that it will be better if the judgment is presented on the full case as then it would be convenient for the Federal Circuit, which has jurisdiction over District Court rulings in patent infringement cases, to review the full case with all patents involved.
Koh said in the ruling “If Samsung is truly concerned about efficiency, the court encourages Samsung to discuss with Apple an agreement to forgo post-trial motions so that the parties can expeditiously appeal this entire case to the Federal Circuit.”
Brief history of the case
The case date backs to April 2011, when Apple initially filed a suit against Samsung accusing the Galaxy maker of copying the design and feel of its devices. Two months later, Samsung fired back saying it has been working on the touch-screen phones having bigger display and rounded corners, well before Apple. The case continued until August 2012 covering a host of issues like patent infringement, antitrust claims and even trade dress issues. The ruling came in favor of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) while Samsung was held for breach of patents.
There have not been any comments from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) yet on the new development.