Judge Lucy Koh has ruled that Samsung’s infringement on Apple’s patents was not at all willful.
In August, the jury had found that Samsung infringed on 7 of Apple’s design and utility patents which resulted in a $1.049 billion fine that Samsung had to pay Apple. Apple then sought to get Samsung to pay triple those damages.
Samsung’s legal team asked Judge Koh whether or not this could be challenged, and Judge Koh agreed to look further into the case.
Judge Koh wrote in this ruling that Apple needed to prove that there was an “objectively high likelihood that Samsung’s actions constitute infringement of a valid patent”. Samsung had then argued that it had reason to believe Apple’s patents were invalid, so even if Samsung infringed on them, it couldn’t have been found to be done willfully.
Judge Koh believed that Samsung’s arguments were reasonable enough to prove that they did not willfully infringe on any of Apple’s patents.
So while that stops Apple from being able to sue Samsung for triple the damages, Samsung is still required to pay the $1.049 billion to Apple.
The case is still developing and there could be a chance that Samsung could even reduce the $1.049 billion infringement verdict.