It’s been a while since we’ve talked about the ongoing legal battle between Samsung and Apple, as both companies continue to make arguments regarding the $1.05 billion verdict Apple won last summer. In December, the last time we had news on these proceedings, neither Apple nor Samsung looked like they were making much headway. Today, though, some big news arrives concerning that verdict, with Judge Koh vacating $450 million of the damages previously awarded to Apple.
The problem was with fourteen specific Samsung products, and how the jury assigned damages relevant to them. Judge Koh found that these figures weren’t reached as they should have been, and was unable to make the necessary adjustments to damages. As a result, a new trial will be needed to reassess just what damages Samsung is liable for concerning those fourteen models.
This could really go either way for Samsung, as it will be dealing with a new jury, and while they might return a similar figure to what was delivered the first time around, there’s always the chance it could find itself on the hook for less – or more. The only thing it means with any certainty is that this case is going to keep dragging on.