Samsung’s Emergency Motion to Stay Apple Patent Damages Trial Denied

Last year, a jury found that Samsung infringed upon Apple’s patents, and it awarded Apple $1.05 billion in damages last year. US District Court Judge Lucy Koh, however, found in March that the jury miscalculated about $450 million of the damages and ordered a retrial. While the retrial has already won back Apple $290 million in damages from Samsung, the later had filed a motion last week that the trial should be put on hold because the US Patent Office was questioning the validity of a key Apple patent.

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Samsung argued that “this decision by the [patent office] jeopardizes the jury’s findings in the damages trial and may render all of the post-trial proceedings a waste of time and resources. But according to CNET, the Korean tech giant’s emergency motion has now been denied by Judge Lucy Koh, who found that it would be more efficient for a final judgment to be rendered in the case so that “the Federal Circuit ould review the entire case and the validity of the patents involved as soon as possible”.

“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,” Koh wrote in her decision.

Samsung’s motion, which was filed a day before the jury determined that Samsung must pay Apple $290 million in additional damages, “crossed the bounds of reason,” Apple countered.

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