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Apple, Samsung Judge Calls For 'Global Peace'



Apple’s lawyers argued that the company should receive an additional $500 million in damages since the jury found that Samsung willfully copied its products. Samsung countered Apple’s arguments and claimed the damages should be reexamined in a fair way.

Despite a call from the bench for “global peace,” Apple and Samsung continued to slug it out over patent issues in court late Thursday, The Washington Post is reporting. The two companies continued their fights about damages, the possibility of an injunction and the outcome of the August jury trial that put Samsung on the hook for $1.05 billion in damages to Apple.

Lawyers for both sides stuck to their guns even as Judge Lucy Koh — who presided over the  jury case as well — poked holes in their arguments and expressed frustration with the drawn-out dispute.

“Is there some endpoint here?” Koh asked both sides, according to a live-blogged court report from the San Jose Mercury News. Apple lawyer Harold McElhinny’s response — that the issue won’t be resolved until the court enforces the law — left Koh “despondent” and with her head in her hands, the report said.

As the courtroom drama may indicate, little new information came out of the hearing, though Koh appeared willing to review some of the jury’s calculations for damages,the Associated Press reported. She did not, however, give an indication that she favored one side’s arguments over the other’s.

Koh, however, did say that she wanted to be done with her rulings before the start of the new year, the Mercury News reported.

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