Apple fails in bid to increase damages against Samsung.
San Francisco: Apple's $1.05 billion damages award against Samsung Electronics from its patent-infringement trial in San Jose, California, was left intact after a judge denied Apple's bid to increase the award. United States district judge Lucy Koh in San Jose has declined to increase the award after she found Samsung's infringement wasn't willful. The ruling was one of many post-trial decisions Koh issued on Wednesday denying both companies' bids for a new trial and leaving largely untouched the jury's finding in August that Samsung infringed six mobile-device patents. "The court will not speculate as to how, precisely, the jury calculated its damages award," Koh wrote in her ruling. It is 'reasonable to assume' that the award is "intended to compensate Apple for losses stemming from all of the violations the jury found." Jurors decided on August 24 at the end of a trial that Samsung should pay the $1.05 billion for infringing the six Apple patents. Apple, which lost its bid to block US sales on 26 of the Galaxy maker's devices, failed to establish that consumer demand for Samsung products was driven by technology it stole, Koh ruled. Koh rejected Apple's argument that jurors erred by finding Apple's trade dress, or how a product looks, for the iPad and iPad 2 wasn't protectable. The judge also denied Apple's request that she overrule jurors' conclusion that Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 didn't infringe one patent covering the design of Apple's iPad tablet computer. Samsung's request The judge also denied Samsung's request for a new trial. Samsung spokesman Adam Yates declined to comment on any of Koh's rulings, including whether the South Korean firm would attempt to make any new arguments based on the ruling that the infringement wasn't intentional. Kristin Huguet, a spokeswoman for Apple, also declined to comment on the rulings. Koh also rejected Samsung's argument that Apple's patents may be 'indefinite', meaning that its claims, or elements, aren't particular enough in describing the technology they covers.
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