The historic Apple vs Samsung patent dispute has resulted in an over 1 billion dollar penalty for Samsung in the first round. Several months down the line, things seems to have mellowed down a bit so that the judge has now scaled down the amount to a shade less than 600 million dollars. Judge of the Northern District of California, Lucy Koh, has also ordered re-trial involving 14 Samsung products including the Galaxy Tab, since the court has now come to the conclusion that the verdict was delivered on the basis of “an impermissible legal theory.” However, the specific date of re-trial hasn’t been fixed yet, and it’s not likely to happen anytime soon either, given the appeals process of the original court verdict has yet to start. Also, there is every chance of the re-trial to move to the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington DC that specifically deals with patent cases.
Further details are awaited. For a re-cap, a court in the US had ordered Samsung to pay over $1 billion in the patent dispute case after the jury was convinced by Apple’s claims of Samsung having copied the look and feel of popular Apple products, which includes the iPhone and iPad. Samsung had contested the claims vehemently and is preparing to file a fresh appeal in the case. The case had also generated world-wide attention given the high stakes that almost all players in the tablet segment have with respect to the court’s ruling.