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Apple v. Samsung: Smartphone Patent Retrial To Decide Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars In Damages

Publication Date: 
November 11, 2013
San Jose Mercury News
Howard Mintz

Professor of Law Mark Lemley is mentioned by the San Jose Mercury News on the legal consequences of the Apple v. Samnsung smartphone patent retrial. 

In what has become a ritual, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh last week finished off a pretrial hearing in the patent showdown between Apple and Samsung by removing her reading glasses, looking down at the armada of lawyers and asking plaintively, "You sure you want to do this?"

Yes, judge, they do.

On Tuesday, the most powerful players in the smartphone and tablet world will square off again in Koh's San Jose courtroom, this time in a retrial to decide how much Samsung must pay Apple for 13 products deemed to have violated Apple's patent rights.


"I don't know that I would call it symbolic, but I do think the main effect of the trial will be to set up the whole case for appeal," said Mark Lemley, a Stanford University law professor.