Feeds

ETERNAL PATENT WAR: Apple and Samsung locked in battle again

It's just not going to be over by Christmas, this thing

High performance access to file storage

Apple and Samsung will head back to court in California today to argue over just how much the fruity firm should get in damages after a jury last year decided that the Korean company infringed its patents.

Apple won $1bn in the original ruling, but Judge Lucy Koh lopped off nearly half of that - $450m - after she found that the jury had improperly calculated the damages.

The new jury trial will debate this disputed sum of money and may end up giving Cupertino even more money than the missing $450m – or sticking with the paltry $600m the fruity firm's already banked.

The billion-dollar handout in August last year was one of the largest ever given in a patent infringement case like this and had Apple capering around Cupertino. But since the day of the verdict, the fruity firm has suffered a number of blows to its resounding victory.

Samsung is, of course, appealing and has laid out a number of arguments to back itself up, including claiming that the decision is bad for competition in the market and accusing the jury of misconduct.

While Judge Koh has disagreed with the accusations of bias on the jury, she hasn't given Apple the permanent ban on Sammy products it was looking for either, saying that the iDevice-maker was only suffering "medium" harm from Samsung's infringements, not irreparable harm as it had claimed. She also pointed out that Apple had licensing deals with other firms, so it clearly thought that money was a fair recompense for the patents.

But both firms still have plenty of appeals left against the original ruling, Koh's latest decisions and against whatever damages the new jury trial throws up, ensuring that the lawyers will continue to be the real winners of this patent war for some time to come. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray
High Fidelity Pure Audio – is this what your ears have been waiting for?
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Nokia offers 'voluntary retirement' to 6,000+ Indian employees
India's 'predictability and stability' cited as mobe-maker's tax payment deadline nears
Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED
Cook & Co. also pay more taxes than those four worthies PLUS eBay and Oracle
It may be ILLEGAL to run Heartbleed health checks – IT lawyer
Do the right thing, earn up to 10 years in clink
France bans managers from contacting workers outside business hours
«Email? Mais non ... il est plus tard que six heures du soir!»
Adrian Mole author Sue Townsend dies at 68
RIP Blighty's best-selling author of the 1980s
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Analysts: Bright future for smartphones, tablets, wearables
There's plenty of good money to be made if you stay out of the PC market
prev story

Whitepapers

Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.