Judge spots errors in judgement
The jury's verdict came in at 2:30 p.m. local time Friday. Judge Lucy H. Koh
had the verdict form consisting of 33 multi-part questions read into the
record at about 4 p.m. local time. Both sides then reviewed the
verdict for any possible errors.
Jurors had to answer each charge
of infringement for each accused device. In the case of accusations
against Samsung, charges were brought against both the parent company in
Korea and two U.S. subsidiaries.
In the majority of cases, the
jury found most of the alleged Samsung phones violated Apple's two
design and three utility patents. They also found in most cases
inducement to infringe and willfulness.
The strength of the
jury's decision for Apple and against Samsung could weigh heavily on any
decision to set punitive damages based on the findings of willfulness, a
determination the judge will make later.
After reviewing the complex decision. Judge
Koh found two errors. The jury awarded about $219,000 in damages for
infringement involving the Galaxy Tab LTE even though it found that the
device did not infringe Apple's patents. In addition, it found the
Samsung Intercept handset did not infringe but cited it in inducement, a
Judge Koh pointed out the errors to the
jury and instructed them to continue deliberations to resolve the $2.5 million
question. After a short deliberation, the jury determined neither device infringed and eliminated the associated damages.
The legal confusion speaks to the complexity of the
case covering more than a dozen products, four corporate entities and
ten patents. See excerpts from the jury verdict form here
Our complete coverage of the case is here