With high-profile legal proceedings like the drawn-out battle Apple and Samsung have been waging, a verdict is rarely the end of the story. Back in August, a jury awarded Apple over a billion dollars for Samsung violating its intellectual property rights. Since then, new aspects of the case have continued to unfold, and both parties are due back in a courtroom today to seek judgment on some of these remaining questions.
So, what still needs to be ruled on? Allegations of jury misconduct have been brought up by Samsung, which believes that the foreman may have acted inappropriately due to his own legal history concerning patents and an old lawsuit with Seagate, prior to Samsung acquiring its hard drive business.
Apple may be able to convince the judge to increase the damages it’s been awarded, hoping to get money to cover losses in the time since the verdict was first delivered. There’s also the possibility that the initial billion-dollar verdict may be tripled, but legal analysts consider that highly unlikely.
Samsung could find itself on the receiving end of an injunction, preventing it from selling the dozens of Android models that have been named so far as part of the lawsuit. The bad news for Samsung could continue if Apple is able to convince the judge to overrule the jury’s findings that the Galaxy Tab didn’t copy the iPad’s design, which would almost certainly result in even greater damages.
All things considered, the outcome isn’t looking so great for Samsung. Once the court hears from Apple and Samsung today, it could still be several weeks to well over a month before the judge makes her ruling and we get news of the outcome.