Apple v. Samsung Patent Suit Sent to a Lower Court

The seemingly never-ending legal battle between Apple and Samsung went back to its roots as a federal appeals court said Tuesday that it was up to a district court to decide if there should be a damages retrial. According to CNET, the case will return to the San Jose, California court where the trials in the long-running patent dispute originally took place.

From the ruling:
Both parties filed statements urging us to take different actions. While Apple requests continued panel review, Samsung requests that we remand to the district court for a new trial on damages.
For the reasons explained below, we adopt neither suggested course of action. Instead, we remand this case to the district court for further proceedings, which may or may not include a new damages trial.

Apple refused to provide comment.

“We look forward to making our case at the district court and prevailing on behalf of all those who promote creativity, innovation and fair competition in the marketplace,” Samsung said in a statement to CNET.

By sending it back to a District Court, the same rules may or may not apply again. The court is now going to ascertain whether this demands a new retrial or if other steps can be taken to settle the matter. At this point, it seems unlikely that Apple will settle out of court, although Samsung would welcome this with open arms. In October last year, Samsung was ordered to pay Apple $119.6 million over the ‘slide to unlock’ feature.

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