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Judge Rules Samsung Did Not Willfully Violate Apple Patents and Leaves $1 Billion Verdict Intact

US Judge Lucy Koh, the federal judge presiding over the two Apple vs. Samsung lawsuits in the Northern District of California, has issued multiple post-trial rulings concerning the “trial of the century” between the two tech giants.

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Koh reversed the jury's verdict Samsung's acts of patent infringement were willful, and overruled the jury with the respect to a patent exhaustion question, but upheld the initial jury's liability findings against Samsung.

“The court will not speculate as to how, precisely, the jury calculated its damages award,” Koh wrote in her ruling. It is “reasonable to assume” that the award is “intended to compensate Apple for losses stemming from all of the violations the jury found.”

The jury decided on August 24, 2012 the South Korean manufacturer needed to pay .05 billion, as it was found to be infringing six Apple patents. While the initial amount remains intact, Judge Koh said Apple failed to establish consumer demand for Samsung products driven by technology it stole.

Koh rejected Apple’s argument that jurors erred by finding Apple’s trade dress, or how a product looks, for the iPad and iPad 2 wasn’t protectable. The judge also denied Apple’s request that she overrule jurors’ conclusion that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 didn’t infringe one patent covering the design of Apple’s iPad tablet computer. She found that two claims, or elements, of Samsung’s patent covering data transmission over wireless systems were invalid, Bloomberg informs.

However, the same day Samsung scored a victory against Apple, it lost another battle: Judge Lucy Koh denied the company's request for a new trial, and denied its argument Apple's patents may be 'indefinite,' meaning its claims or elements aren't particular enough in describing the technology they cover.

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