Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Four More Post-Trial Orders in Apple v. Samsung

As reported by FOSS Patents and by Joe Mullin at Ars Technica, yesterday Judge Koh released four more post-trial orders in the long-running Apple v. Samsung case.  There are direct links to the orders at the bottom of the Ars Technica article; Apple has also posted the orders here and here.

Since the two articles summarize what happened in some detail, I won't repeat what they say here.  In summary, not much happened (as FOSS Patents put it, "only limited adjustments to the jury verdict").  Judge Koh did overturn the jury verdict that Samsung willfully infringed Apple's patents, meaning Apple won't get any increased damages.  The other orders don't much affect what has happened so far, meaning that there is still a $1 billion judgment against Samsung (for now) and no injunction.

Both articles mention that there is still one remaining motion to be decided:  Samsung's motion to reduce the $1 billion damage award, or for a new trial on damages.  As I read Rule 4(a)(4)(A) of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, this remaining motion means that the time for the parties to file their expected appeals hasn't started yet.

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