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Half of $1B Apple awarded from Samsung invalidated

SAN JOSE, California—A federal judge on Friday erased nearly half of the US$1 billion in damages that a jury decided that Samsung Electronics should pay Apple in a high-profile trial over the smartphone and tablet computer patents.

US District Court Judge Lucy Koh lowered the damages awarded to Apple Inc by US$450.5 million, saying jurors had not properly followed her instruction in calculating some of the damages.

The ruling reduced Samsung Electronics’ bill to just under US$599 million. Koh also ordered a new trial on Apple's allegations that Samsung stole its ideas for more than a dozen different smartphones and tablet computers.

The jury decided last year that Samsung ripped off the innovative technology used by Apple to create its revolutionary iPhone and iPad and ordered Samsung to pay Apple US$1.05 billion in the latest skirmish of a global legal battle between the two tech giants.