The judge in last year’s landmark Apple-Samsung patent case today slashed damages awarded to Apple last august from $1.05 billion to $598.9 million and ordered a new trial to recalculate the damages, CNET reported. Apple had actually gone back to court to request additional damages from Samsung. “The Court has identified an impermissible legal theory on which the jury based its award, and cannot reasonably calculate the amount of excess while effectuating the intent of the jury,” said Judge Lucy Koh of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. It’s not clear when a new trial for the 14 products in question would be held. Samsung has already changed its smartphones and tablets. The rivals are slated to return to court next year over a separate group of patents and products, including the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy SIII.
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