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Judge denies Apple new Smartflash trial, but retains dropped damages

09/03, 3:40pm

Apple avoids $533 million in penalties awarded by East Texas patent jury

US District Court Judge Rodney Gilstrap has denied Apple a chance at a new trial to clear its name from charges that it willfully infringed on patents owned by patent troll Smartflash last February, but has decided to retain the dismissal of the original $532.9 million awarded to the company for damages, clearing the way for a damages retrial later this month. Judge Gilstrap reversed the jury's award, but not its findings of infringement, after he determined his own instructions on calculating royalties may have confused the jury.


Apple vs Samsung, round two: Schiller takes stand

11/14, 11:32pm

SVP of Marketing describes iPhone as a 'bet-the-company' product

With a jury seated, the retrial concerning damages related to Samsung's infringing of Apple patents got underway in earnest on Thursday, largely taken up with procedural matters but also featuring brief testimony from Apple's Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller. In his few minutes of testimony, he told the jury about the original development of the iPhone, describing it as a "bet-the-company" high-risk product that might not have succeeded, with "almost everyone" at Apple involved at some point.



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