Judge Rules Samsung Did Not Willfully Infringe on Apple Patents
In a series of rulings filed late Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Judy Koh ruled Samsung did not willfully infringe on some of Apple’s patents and also denied the former’s request for a new trial.
According to the ruling conclusion posted online by AppleInsider:
For aforementioned reasons, the Court GRANTS Samsung’s motion for judgment as a matter of law that claims 15 and 16 of the ’516 Patent are not exhausted. The Court also grants judgment as a matter of law that Samsung’s acts of patent infringement were not willful. However, for the reasons discussed below, the Court DENIES Samsung’s motion for judgment as a matter of law in all other respects, and DENIES Samsung’s motion for a new trial.
Judge Koh also denied Samsung’s argument to invalidate Apple patents over indefiniteness, in regards to one utility and four design patents.
FOSS Patents has extensive coverage of the ruling, and reports Koh overruled the jury’s decision and denied Apple damages enhancements for willful infringement, which could have resulted in Samsung paying triple for damages from the original $1.05 billion award to Apple last August. The case is far from over, as both sides will most likely appeal the rulings.