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Judge Slashes Apple's Giant Award, Orders New Damages Trial Against Samsung

Publication Date: 
March 01, 2013
The Recorder
Vanessa Blum

Professor Mark Lemley spoke with The Recorder's Vanessa Blum on the decision by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh to slash the $1.5 billion jury award in last year's Apple v. Samsung case and why he calls Koh's decision "extremely careful and thorough." 

At $1.05 billion, the jury's award last August for Apple Inc. in its smartphone patent war against Samsung Electronics Co. stood as one of the largest ever in a patent infringement case.

But on Friday U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh wiped away roughly $450 million in damages based on the jury's legal errors and ordered a new trial to calculate proper damages against Android-aligned Samsung for copying features of Apple's iPhone and iPad.


Mark Lemley, director of the Stanford Program in Law, Science and Technology, called Koh's order "extremely careful and thorough." The upshot is that Samsung will likely see some reduction in damages, said Lemley, who also is a partner at Durie Tangri who has represented Google Inc.