In a major blow to the Korean company, a federal court recently rejected the emergency motion from Samsung to stay the patent infringement trial from Apple. Samsung wanted a stay order on the grounds of re-examining the validity of the patent infringement claim. However, the rulings of the federal court completely overturned Samsung’s hopes for a respite, taking the tech war to an edgy level.
Last year, a jury board conclusively determined that Samsung had been guilty of infringing on as many as five patents from Apple connected to iPhone functionality and design. Following the verdict of the jury, a judge last year vacated around $450 million of the original amount and ordered a comprehensive damages recalculation for Apple. Trying to avert the huge financial credibility, Samsung filed a motion on Wednesday to request a stay order on the current proceedings. The court rejected the stay plea and ordered the jury to continue with the recalculation. The verdict can prove to be a landmark judgment in the tech world as the jury already identified that Samsung is yet to pay the $600 million that came up in the damages calculations during the last verdict. Presently, the process is progressing to find about the extra amount it should pay over the outstanding $600 million.
In its recent plea, Samsung argued to put the trial on hold on the pretext that patent number 7,844.915 from Apple was still under enquiry from the US Patent Office. This ‘pinch zoom’ patent allow users access to the technology where they can perform pinching gestures on their smartphone screen to zoom in or zoom out any image. This patent in question is highly important because Apple plans to base its recovery hopes on the successful implementation of this technology exclusively on their devices. Samsung stated that deciding on the compensation criteria even before the authority of patent is decisive ‘jeopardizes’ the entire paradigm. However, Apple was quick to retort in describing Samsung’s efforts as unreasonable.
The petition was up at a US District Court where the judge Lucy Koh rejected the argument from Samsung. The court reasoned that this step would remove any obstacles for the Federal Circuit, which investigates patent infringement cases and has authority over district court rulings. Judge Lucy decided that the stay order would hamper the natural progress of the case and stall the process of fair compensation. Koh noted in the decision that if Samsung is truly serious in finding a solution, it must consider discussing agreements with Apple that can forego the post-trial motions. This may help both parties to appeal with the entire case in the Federal Circuit, she noted.
Apple filed the original patent infringement suit on April 2011 accusing Samsung of stealing crucial technical features of Apple products. Samsung originally countersued the Apple claim, stating that the company has been in these development works much before Apple. However, the final jury ruling was in favor of Apple, holding Samsung guilty of infringing on technical uniqueness aspects of apple products.