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Judge Slashes Apple's Patent Damages from Samsung

March 2, 2013
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Los Angeles (dpa) - A federal judge on Friday slashed the damages awarded to Apple in its patent case against Samsung and ordered a new trial between the two technology giants.

In a 27-page opinion, Judge Lucy Koh said that the jury had failed to follow her instructions on calculating the damages and cut the 1.05-billion-dollar award by 450 million dollars to 599 million dollars.

In her ruling the judge said the jury had relied on a legal theory "that the court had ruled legally impermissible." But in a more positive note for Apple Koh also said that the company is entitled to additional damages for patent violations on products that weren't considered by the jury.

The case in question relates to 14 alleged patent violations on older Samsung products, while a separate case proceeds between the two companies on a newer line of Samsung products such as the Galaxy SIII smartphone and the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

The legal battle is also seen as a proxy war between Apple and its great rival Google, whose Android operating system runs the devices in question.

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