Apple vs. Samsung: Judge puts hold on $450 million of $1 billion award

Apple-vs-Samsung5Last summer, everyone in the tech world watched excitedly to find out just how the Apple vs. Samsung lawsuit would play out. For those who were asleep, Apple sued Samsung for $2.5 billion dollars for a slew of what were, at the time, alleged patent infringements.

As we reported at the trial’s conclusion, the court ultimately ruled largely in favor of Apple. And while the Cupertino conglomerate didn’t get the full amount they were hoping for — in fact, it got less than half — it still dealt a major blow to Samsung (though not nearly enough to put the company into financial distress), awarding it $1,049,343,540.

However, as reported by Foss Patents, five months later, Judge Lucy Koh, the federal judge that resided over the trial, ordered a strike against nearly half of the damages: specifically $450,514,650. This doesn’t necessarily mean Apple won’t get the money, eventually. This is in response to Samsung’s lawyers questioning the fairness in which the jury awarded damages to 14 individual Samsung devices: Captivate, Continuum, Droid Charge, Epic 4G, Exhibit 4G, Galaxy Prevail, Galaxy S2 AT&T, Galaxy Tab, Gem, Indulge, Infuse 4G, Nexus S 4G, Replenish, and Transform

So now, Apple and Samsung are headed back to the courthouse, though there’s no word yet as to when this trial will take place. But we do know that an entirely new jury is going to be summoned, so this could be another lengthy trial, as the lawyers on both sides will have to reintroduce most of the evidence again in order to educate them.

But there’s more money still to potentially be awarded to Apple aside from the damages from the device infringements. Before the first trial, Apple requested, and was ultimately awarded the right to, supplemental damages for all sales that took place during the course of the trial.

In addition, Apple also requested, and was granted, interest on these sales through to the time a verdict was finally reached. While Apple requested the prime interest rate, Samsung countered, asking for the 52-week Treasury bill rate, which is significantly lower — today it’s at just 0.15 percent. This was one part of the trial in which Samsung “won.”

Of course, neither of these could happen until the trial ended and the court could review official sales numbers throughout the time the verdict was reached. But now that’s being pushed back again, until trial number two ends, so this will still have to wait. (It’s unclear whether or not the court will consider sales from the time between the original verdict and the follow-up; likely, it will have to be at Apple’s request.)

It will be interesting to see how this all plays out. We’ll be watching the story closely and will keep you all posted.


These are all the best trailers and new games revealed at The Game Awards 2018

The Game Awards 2018 featured a ton of new game reveals and announcements. From Mortal Kombat 11 to Far Cry New Dawn to a surprise new fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, The Game Awards gave us plenty to get excited for.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: The Game Awards recap, smart home hackers, and more

On episode 32 of Digital Trends Live, DT's live morning show, hosts Greg Nibler and Jeremy Kaplan broke down the news of the day, including a recap of The Game Awards, a smart home hacking, and more.

Here are all the winners announced at The Game Awards 2018

More than a dozen awards are currently being handed out at The Game Awards. We're rounding up the winners right here. Keep this page bookmarked to find out which games took home the hardware.

The best weather apps for the iPhone

Don't rely solely on your local meteorologist to stay up to date on the weather. Take matters into your own hands with one of these weather apps, each of which brings something unique to the table.

Google’s updated Santa Tracker entertains and teaches coding throughout December

Google's Santa Tracker is in its fifteenth year and is back again with even more features. You can have fun with more than 20 games, learn about different holiday traditions around the world, and enjoy some festive animations.

The $200 TicWatch C2 smartwatch is now being sold in the U.S. and U.K.

Digital well-being and disconnecting from your phone is one of 2018's big trends. Mobvoi wants you to think about its TicWatch C2 smartwatch as a great way to help you use your phone less.

The Palm has been revived, and is now available in the U.S. and U.K.

A reboot of the classic Palm is finally here and it's tiny. It syncs to your phone and acts as a secondary device -- with a feature to help you disconnect from technology. The Palm will be available exclusively through Verizon for $350.

Yes, we really are getting a special McLaren edition of the OnePlus 6T

OnePlus has announced a partnership with McLaren F1, emphasizing a shared interest in speed. The phone company is known for producing special edition devices. Here's what we know about the OnePlus 6T Mclaren Edition.

Simplify your life with one of these wireless smartphone charger deals

Banish nightly cable fumbling with a wireless smartphone charger. If your smartphone is compatible with wireless charging, the simplicity of placing it on a pad is a beautiful thing. Wireless chargers are also excellent gifts for coworkers.

Microsoft Outlook for iOS gets big redesign, with Dark Mode coming soon

Microsoft has deployed a huge redesign for its Outlook for iOS app, which includes new blue branding and some quality-of-life improvements. Dark Mode isn't included, but it's coming soon.

Our favorite Windows apps will help you get the most out of your new PC

Not sure what apps you should be downloading for your newfangled Windows device? Here are the best Windows apps, whether you need something to speed up your machine or access your Netflix queue. Check out our categories and favorite picks.

5G’s arrival is transforming tech. Here’s everything you need to know to keep up

It has been years in the making, but 5G is finally becoming a reality. While 5G coverage is still extremely limited, expect to see it expand in 2019. Not sure what 5G even is? Here's everything you need to know.

Car-branded phones need to make a U-turn if they ever want to impress

Your car and your smartphone are becoming one, yet smartphones branded or co-created by car companies are a problem. We look at the history, some examples of the best and worst, then share hopes for the future.

Vanquish lag for good with the best routers for gaming

Finding the best routers for gaming is no easy task. With so many out there, how do you know which to pick? We've looked at the many options available and put together a list of our lag-free favorites.