The legal issues between Apple and Samsung are likely to not end any time soon, especially as individual decisions continue to be made that chip away at one side or another. Unfortunately for Apple, the latest decision by Judge Lucy Koh did not go their way.
As reported by AppleInsider on August 20, it looks like Judge Koh has decided to deny Apple’s bid to ascertain lawyer fees from Samsung in their lingering patent trials. The total sum that was denied was $16 million. In order for Apple to have received that amount of money through attorney’s fees, Apple had to prove that the case in question was exception to recoup those costs. Apparently, the judge did not see it that way.
In another ruling, Judge Koh released the $2.6 million bond that Apple had posted in June of 2012 in order to block sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. That money should be released back to Apple now. It should not come as a surprise that Apple didn’t actually put much effort in blocking the sales of the tablet, though, even after the bond was posted, as the device was no longer being sold, and had in fact been replaced by subsequent models.
On August 6, both Apple and Samsung decided to drop their patent lawsuits that were still going on outside of the United States. While that may have indicated some change on the legal front, the battles are still taking place in the United States, and will probably continue well into the future.