updated 03:14 pm EST, Fri March 1, 2013
$567 million in damages stand, damages will need to be repeated
[Updated with specifics of today's ruling] In a ruling out of San Francisco, Judge Lucy Koh today ordered $451 million in damages payable to Apple set aside from the landmark smartphone trial damages applied against Samsung. It won't be necessary to repeat the whole trial, but the damages portion will have to be redone for some devices. The ruling does not affect the jury's finding that Samsung deliberately copied Apple's technology and trade dress, but may allow the South Korean manufacturer to pay less -- or possibly more -- for its infringement.
The $451 million is associated with 14 Samsung products; the new damages trial has been ordered because Koh feels she cannot make the adjustments herself, given the complexity and lack of clarity on which patents were found to be held in violation. The products involved include the Galaxy Prevail, Gem, Indulge, Infuse 4G, Galaxy S II AT&T, Captivate, Continuum, Droid Charge, Epic 4G, Exhibit 4G, Galaxy Tab, Nexus S 4G, Replenish, and Transform.
As the awards stand, Apple is still owed $598,908,892, which will accumulate interest at a rate of 0.16 percent until paid in full. Additionally, supplemental damages from the period between the original verdict in August and the final judgement yet to be determined will be based on actual sales figures of the infringing devices, meaning Samsung may end up paying even more than the $1.05 billion originally awarded by the jury.
The new trial is not prejudicial against Apple or necessarily beneficial for Samsung, and is intended to clarify the nature of the infringement and which patents are held in violation for a more granular determination of what is owed, which is generally seen as being beneficial to Samsung. Damages for the infringement, however, could be higher or lower, and will be determined by a new jury. Given the court's schedule, it is possible that the follow-up damages determination could come after the next Apple v. Samsung trial, likely in 2014.