Samsung just can’t see to catch a break in its legal battles with Apple. The company’s motion to stay payment of damages to Apple has been denied.
Last week at a retrial of a verdict that was first handed down last year, the jury ruled that several Samsung did copy features and design elements from the iPhone, as a result of which the Korean company must pay an additional $290 million in damages to Cupertino. After the ruling, Samsung filed an emergency motion in court requesting a stay and reevaluation of a key Apple patent, no. 7,844,915 that relates to “pinch-to-zoom” gestures.
However, Judge Lucy Koh denied Samsung’s motion last night based on three factors which include the impact of a stay on the whole trial and case, if a stay would favour Apple unethically and on the status of the discovery procedure. However, despite the fact that Samsung’s motion for a stay has been denied, a reevaluation of Apple’s ’915 patent is going to take place any way. If the verdict of the reevaluation isn’t in favor of Apple, it has a few options left such as appealing to the Patent Trial and Apple Board or the Federal Circuit, however this could take a few months.
On the other hand, Samsung has an option to appeal the latest verdict passed against it by the jury. As of now, Samsung is to pay roughly $929 million to Apple for infringing on its patents if it decides against filing an appeal.
Source: Foss Patents