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Judge trims $450-million from Apple patent award against Samsung

A passerby photographs an Apple store logo with his Samsung Galaxy phone in central Sydney in this file photo.

TIM WIMBORNE/REUTERS

Apple Inc. lost a major ruling in its ongoing patent battle with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. on Friday, as a federal judge threw out part of a jury's $1.05-billion (U.S.) damages award against Samsung over a variety of phone products.

Judge Lucy Koh of the U.S. District Court Northern District of California in San Jose struck $450.5-million from the jury's award and ordered a new trial on damages for a number of products at issue.

Apple won a $1.05-billion verdict last year against Samsung in a California court. Apple followed up by seeking a permanent ban on several older Samsung phones, but Judge Koh rejected Apple's request.

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The fight between Apple and Samsung has been widely viewed as a proxy war between Apple and Google Inc. as the Korean electronics company's flagship Galaxy smartphones and tablets run on Google's Android operating system.

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