Last year Samsung was ordered by a US Judge to pay $1.05 billion in damages to Apple as a part of the lawsuit that has become the talk of the town. But now Judge Koh has ordered a reevaluation of $450.5 million of the damages in a second trial with a different jury.
The new trial will involve 14 Samsung devices including Samsung Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab among others. Even though the chances are that Samsung might have to pay considerably less than the earlier amount once the new trial is over, but the inclusion of devices that were sold after the end of first trial could make Samsung end up paying more than the original amount. However the $600 million of the earlier award to Apple involving other Samsung products still stands.
The lawsuit started on April 15, 2011 when Apple accused Samsung of copying the design of the iPhone and iPad, suing Samsung for $2.5 billion. Samsung countersued Apple for $519 million, also for patent infringement.
Koh encouraged both parties to have the case reviewed by an appellate court before any new trial. The trial date hasn’t been set yet but we don’t expect things to clear up anytime soon.