Apple Gets $1 Billion, No More, From Samsung

apple logoApple Inc. gets to keep the $1 billion damage award against Samsung Electronics Co. over patent-infringement on smartphones but a federal judge rejected Apple’s request Tuesday to increase the award.

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh wrote, “The jury had ample opportunity to compensate Apple for Samsung’s use of its product designs. Given that Apple has not clearly shown how it has in fact been undercompensated 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.”

Beyond that, she also ruled that Samsung’s infringement of Apple’s design and utility patents was not “willful,” a change from what jurors originally found.

She rejected Samsung’s request for a new trial. But she also rejected Apple’s request for a new trial on the portion of the trial related to trade dress, or how the product looks, on the iPad and iPad2.

In August, a nine-member jury awarded Apple $1.05 billion, finding that Samsung willfully infringed six Apple design and utility patents.

Koh’s rulings were contained in four separate orders issued together on Tuesday.

Case: Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., No. 11-cv-1846LHK


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