Apple loses bid to increase $1-billion Samsung patent judgment

A federal judge denied Apple's request to increase its $1-billion patent infringement judgment against Samsung. Above, a Samsung Galaxy S smartphone, left, and Apple's iPhone 4 at a store in Seoul in 2011.
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A federal judge has denied Apple’s request to increase the size of the $1.05-billion judgment a jury awarded the company last summer in its patent infringement case against Samsung.

Apple had requested that the size of the verdict be tripled because Samsung had “willfully” infringed Apple patents. U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose disagreed.

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Koh also denied requests from both companies for a new trial based on portions of the original verdict they did not like.

Apple has already appealed Koh’s denial of its request to ban 26 Samsung products that were covered in the original trial. Koh had said Apple failed to show that the patents infringed in the case covered features that were critical in consumers’ decisions about which phone to buy.

That appeal will be heard in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Samsung is also expected to appeal the jury’s verdict, but has not yet done so.


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