US judge slashes $1b damages award to Apple in Samsung rights case

A US judge slashed nearly half of the $US1 billion damage award a jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple over the rights to the design and technology running market-leading smartphones and tablet computers.

A US judge slashed nearly half of the $US1 billion damage award a jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple over the rights to the design and technology running market-leading smartphones and tablet computers.

District Court Judge Lucy Koh lowered the damages awarded to Apple by $US450.5 million for 14 Samsung products including some in its hot-selling Galaxy line-up, saying jurors had not properly followed her instructions in calculating some of the damages.

She also concluded mistakes had been made in determining when Apple had first notified Samsung about the alleged violations of patents for the iPhone and iPad.

Judge Koh ordered a new trial to recalculate damages for those products. "We are pleased that the court decided to strike $US450,514,650 from the jury's award," Samsung spokeswoman Lauren Restuccia said. "Samsung intends to seek further review as to the remaining award."

Apple declined to comment.

The ruling reduced Samsung Electronics' bill to just under $US599 million. The judge said the tab will increase after the appeals of both companies are resolved.

Apple is seeking more damages and Samsung a complete dismissal of the case in the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Washington, DC-based court that handles all patent appeals.

However, the new trial to recalculate the damages could also increase the award.

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