Judge halves Apple's $1 billion patent award
Managing IP is part of Legal Benchmarking Limited, 4 Bouverie Street, London, EC4Y 8AX
Copyright © Legal Benchmarking Limited and its affiliated companies 2024

Accessibility | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Modern Slavery Statement

Judge halves Apple's $1 billion patent award

A district court judge has suggested that the $1 billion damages Samsung owes Apple for infringing Smartphone patents should be reduced by $450 million


On Friday, Judge Lucy Koh of the District Court for the Northern District of California ordered a new jury trial. In the order, she said the damages Apple was awarded by a jury last August were based on “a theory that the court had ruled legally impermissible”.

The ruling highlights controversy over the appropriate role of juries in patent cases.

In the new trial, the jury will only reconsider the level of damages. The original verdict – that Samsung’s Galaxy SII phone infringed Apple’s patents relating to the iPhone and iPad – will still stand. Koh made the order following requests from Samsung for lower damages and Apple for higher damages.

Apple also suffered a setback in another case last week. A district judge in Texas upheld a $368.2 million jury verdict from last year, for Apple’s infringement of four patents owned by patent holding company VirnetX. Apple was ruled to have infringed the patents in its VPN on Demand and FaceTime apps.

Judge Leonard Davis also ordered Apple to pay VirnetX over $363,000 per day in interest and damages until the parties reach a licensing agreement. The parties must reach an agreement within 45 days.

more from across site and ros bottom lb

More from across our site

We provide a rundown of Managing IP’s news and analysis from the week, and review what’s been happening elsewhere in IP
The group of lawyers, which includes seven IP partners, say they were impressed by ArentFox Schiff's wide-reaching experience
Andy Sherman, general counsel at Dolby Laboratories, says the company will continue to make GE Licensing’s patents available through existing pools
CMS, which represents Nestlé, had been told to respond to a cancellation action by February 12 but filed its response a day later
Keith Bergelt, CEO of the Open Invention Network, explains why AI technologies were not part of an update to its cross-licensing project
Kirkland & Ellis partners explain how they secured the dismissal of a patent case in which the other side had lied under oath
Managing IP understands the association had been considering other options, including Madrid or Vienna, after concerns were raised over Dubai’s positions on various rights
Chris Marando tells Managing IP that he's excited to work on PTAB matters at Perkins Coie, which recently hired another lawyer from his former firm
To mark Pride month, Darren Smyth, cochair of IP Out, says the legal profession must not forget that some members still face exclusion and hostility
Lawyers say the opening of the Milan central division this month is likely to boost the so far 'modest' activity in Italy
Gift this article