July 16, 2013
Last August, Apple won a landmark patent infringement case against Samsung for which it was awarded $1.05 billion by a California jury. Both sides will soon meet again in a courtroom to make their case on whether certain Samsung products should now be banned from the U.S. market, according to Foss Patents. The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has given notice that Aug. 9 is the date scheduled for this new hearing. At issue is Apple’s appeal of Judge Lucy H. Koh’s December denial of a permanent injunction against 36 Samsung products. Foss Patents doesn’t believe that this meeting will resolve the issue. Rather, it will set up a future court hearing in front of the full court. They note:
For formal reasons today's notice mentions that "the panel of judges that will decide the appeal, upon further consideration, may yet disallow oral argument", but this would require a unanimous finding that the appeal is frivolous, redundant or can be decided based on the record, none of which is realistically going to happen in this high-profile case.In March, Koh cut Apple’s original award by $450 million. She also ordered a new trial because she agreed with Samsung’s lawyers that the jury incorrectly tallied some of its damage awards. Almost certainly, this case isn't going to be resolved anytime soon. We'll keep you updated. In the meantime, see: Samsung Buys Boxee, Moves Fight With Apple To The Living Room, Apple Bests South Korea's Samsung In New Customer Satisfaction Survey, and Apple Is Having A Hard Time Saying Goodbye To Samsung As A Parts Supplier.