Last summer, Samsung was slapped with a $1 billion verdict after a federal jury found that it had infringed Apple’s smartphone patents.
Unfortunately for Apple, that $1 billion just got smaller by 40%.
This morning, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh slashed the jury’s damages award by $450.5 million, saying Samsung deserves a new trial on infringement claims over its Galaxy Prevail and other smartphones.
Koh rejected Apple’s request to enhance the jury’s award, saying the amount Samsung owed was heavily disputed and the jury wasn’t bound to accept either side’s damages estimate.
As of now, Apple remains entitled to additional damages for "sales of infringing products" that were not considered by the jury in the 2012 trial. Koh will begin the process of calculating that amount beginning August 25th.