Judge urges Apple and Samsung to end global patent dispute


US federal judge wants the companies to settle their ongoing issues after Apple was awarded over $1 billion in damages in August

The judge overseeing the global legal battle over patents between Apple and Samsung has urged the duo to end their dispute.

The statement was made by Judge Lucy Koh at a hearing in San Jose as she reviews the $1.05 billion (£652m) awarded to Apple in damages at an earlier hearing in August.

“I think it’s time for global peace,” she said at the end of the hearing.

Samsung has called for a retrial in the patent case after claiming jury foreman Velvin Hogan may have been biased by a past lawsuit of his own.

Apple has asked for the damages award to be increased and eight Samsung smartphones to be permanently banned in the US. These are which the jury said illegally used Apple’s patented technology.

Samsung had questioned the jury’s calculations for the damages amount, while Apple has urged the judge not to decide the jury’s reasoning on a device-by-device basis.

“I don’t see how you can look at the aggregate verdict without looking at the pieces put together to make the verdict,” she said.

“If there is a basis to uphold the damages award, by the record, then I am going to uphold it. But I think it’s appropriate to do analysis by product.”