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Apple v. Samsung Jury Needs to Clarify One Patent Decision Today

Apple v. Samsung Jury Needs to Clarify One Patent Decision Today

While the jury in the latest Apple v. Samsung trial returned its decision Friday evening, the panel has found that it needs to reconvene on Monday in order to clarify one of its decisions.

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That’s because for one product and one patent, the jury found infringement by Samsung but awarded no damages. Though that’s possible in some circumstances, the plaintiff is generally entitled to an amount “no less than a reasonable royalty.”

Judge Koh sent the eight-member jury a note (seen in part above), to ask for help in noting what needs to be fixed, including the amount to be awarded, as well as related total damages, and a separate box to clarify the damages by time period.

While the decision is unlikely to make a major difference in the initial verdict, it still needs to be clarified.

Friday saw the jury finding that Samsung owed only $119,625,000 in damages to Apple – well below the $2 billion the iPhone maker was seeking – And also awarded Samsung a “mere” $158,400 for Apple’s infringement of its ’449 patent.

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