Rough date set for round five of Apple v. Samsung patent trial, to (possibly) finalize damages

A rough date has been set for round five of the battle over Samsung’s violations of Apple patents in five of its products. The Recorder reports that U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh has said that the modified damages will be figured out by a jury trial in March or April 2016.

In case you need a refresher, the story so far is this. In round 1, the very first jury trial, Apple was awarded $ 1Bin damages. In round 2, Judge Koh left $ 450M of thataward and bought a retrial to figure out a modified sum. Round 3 was that jury trial, with Apple granted a lower sum of $ 290M— making a revised overall of $ 930M. In round 4, the United States appeals court ruled that while Samsung did indeed copy iOS functions, it should not have been penalised for copying the general appearance of the iPhone, and therefore the damages must be reduced. The brand-new trial, to revise those damages, will be round 5.

Unless, that is, the Supreme Court intervenes …… In

a parallel track to the damages legend, Samsung has actually been trying to appeal the initial decision, back in round 1. Its demand to the united state Federal Circuit Court of Appeals was turned down last month, and it was reported that Samsung now prepares to take the last step of appealing to the Supreme Court. Must the Supreme Court accept hear the appeal, the damages case would be postponed pending that outcome.

Assuming the March/April trial does go ahead, Judge Koh is not allowing either side to drag things out. She has actually reserved seven days for the hearing, and is offering each side simply one day– 6 hours– to present evidence. She is also limiting ths scope of that proof.

The court will not allow the celebrations to broaden the scope of the damages retrial and will not enable the parties to count on new sales data, brand-new items, brand-new methodologies or new theories.

Koh will also be ruling individually on a further 13 items stated to borrow Apple’s patents.

A Taiwanese court just recently ruled that Samsung used trade secrets stolen from TSMC to aid it win orders from Apple for the A9 chip.

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