US judge disagrees with jury's findings that Samsung wilfully infringed Apple's patents

Samsung didn’t ‘wilfully’ infringe Apple’s patents, judge rules

A US court judge has handed down a number of post-trial rulings from last year’s Apple vs Samsung patent case.

Within a 32 page order, district court judge Lucy Koh said she agreed with the jury’s final decision, which ruled that Samsung did ultimately infringe on a number of Apple’s patents.

However, Koh made it clear within the report that she disagreed with the jury’s decision to find that Samsung "wilfully" infringed Apple’s patents.

Within the ruling, the judge stated that in order for Samsung to have wllfully infringed on Apple’s patents, Apple would need to prove "by clear and convincing evidence that the infringer acted despite an objectively high likelihood that its actions constituted infringement of a valid patent."

Apple will no doubt be reeling from the decision, given that if the decision had rules in the company’s favour, it would have been able to collect triple the amount of damages it is set to receive from Samsung.

The length trial between the two giants was well publicised, ending in August last year as a jury ruled in favour of Apple, subsequently awarding them $1.05 million in damages.

While the trial ended last year, the firms have continued to take shots at each other as Apple tried to add on an additional $500 million, whilst Samsung battled to reduce the damages by $600 million.

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