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Jury: Samsung Owes Apple Another $290 Million

A federal jury on Thursday ruled that Samsung owes Apple a further $290 million for infringing on the iPhone maker’s patented technology, according to multiple reports from inside the courtroom.

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The award concludes a partial retrial of last year’s landmark case between the electronics giants. A jury in that case ruled in Apple’s favor and awarded $1 billion in damages. However, Judge Lucy Koh ruled that more than $400 million of that award was improperly calculated, necessitating the current retrial.

Apple had argued it was due a further $379 million, while Samsung maintained it should only owe $52 million for the portion of damages being reconsidered. Barring a successful appeal, Samsung also owes roughly $600 million in damages from the original verdict as well.

The six-woman, two-man jury deliberated for part of three days before returning its verdict. During that time, the jury requested additional paper and pens and better lunch, as well as a copy of the sketches of them done by a courtroom artist.

This decision, though widely watched, does little to settle the litigation between the two companies, which spans multiple courtrooms and continents. Another case is set for trial next year before Judge Koh involving a newer generation of Samsung’s products; meanwhile, both sides are appealing various parts of this current case.

Before dismissing the jury, Judge Koh is giving lawyers for both sides half an hour to review how the jury made its calculations in case any adjustments are needed.

Update: The jury has now been dismissed, with the total due Apple from the two cases adding up to $929.83 million. No word on how much both sides have racked up in legal bills.

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