Apple vs. Samsung Retrial over Patent Damages Kicks Off
A jury trial to determine just how much Samsung owes Apple for patent infringement began earlier today in the US District Court for the Northern District of California in San Jose, California. If you recall, the a jury initially awarded Apple $1.05 billion USD in damages back in August of 2012 after finding that several Samsung smartphones infringed upon Apple’s design and utility patents. Following that judgment, it emerged that the jury may have made some errors in calculating the damages amount owed to Apple. As a result, Judge Lucy Koh determined that of the $1.05 billion, $450 million needed to be recalculated. A retrial on the matter was set and kicked off today in San Jose, with the trial scheduled to last for six days.
It’s important to keep in mind that whatever the jury decides, their decision likely won’t have much of an impact on the average consumer. Many of the devices found to be infringing during Apple and Samsung’s first trial have long been replaced by newer devices. This retrial is rather simple as the only issue up for debate is just how much money Samsung will have to give to Apple. That being said, it should still be interesting to keep an eye on this retrial because there’s no telling what type of information may emerge over the course of the next few days. Although we’re not likely to see any more iPhone prototypes, former Apple executive, Scott Forstall, may be called to the stand. Seeing as how he’s been absent since he was fired from Apple, this may certainly be an interesting turn of events.
We’ll have to wait patiently to see what comes of the whole ordeal.
Source: San Jose Mercury News