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Judge slashes (almost) half-a-billion off what Samsung must pay Apple

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By Noel Young, Correspondent

March 1, 2013 | 2 min read

A judge on Friday slashed about $450 million from the $1 billion a jury awarded Apple in August in its patent feud with Samsung.

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The decision is the latest in a series of decisions weakening Apple's legal assault on its smartphone and tablet rival, said the San Jose Mercury News.

Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose found the jury's damages calculations were "improper and excessive" for more than a dozen of the Samsung devices they decided infringed Apple's patent rights. Judge Koh ordered a new trial on damages for those claims.

But , the Cupertino tech giant is " hardly walking away empty-handed," said the Mercury News . The judge let stand nearly $600 million in damages for the jury's findings that Samsung infringed patents in more than a dozen of its other products, including some of the popular Galaxy line of smartphones and tablets.

It's now possible that the legal battle will move to the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, the Washington, D.C.-based court that considers patent appeals.

The Federal Circuit and Koh have rejected Apple's bid to block sales of Samsung phones and tablets at issue in the trial while the case proceeds. Apple's wanted to shut downSamsung's use of what it considers stolen technology.

A separate legal battle over Samsung's newer line of smartphones is meanwhile going ahead . Apple's Siri voice and search function is one of the issues at the heart of that case, set for trial in spring of 2014.

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