Last week, following an official retrial, Apple was awarded $290 million in damages from Samsung after a jury ruled Samsung was guilty of patent infringement. Samsung has a right to an appeal, but it first asked for a stay, or a delay on the payments to Apple, because it disagreed with the court’s ruling on a specific patent related to pinch-to-zoom gestures.
Judge Koh, who oversaw last year’s trial and the most recent retrial, denied Samsung’s official stay request on Monday. Koh “considers it the most efficient way forward to hand down a final district court judgement and have Samsung appeal the district court ruling,” FOSS Patents explained. In other words, the entire process should move quicker if Samsung just files an appeal to the whole suit instead of dragging things out longer by fighting for the motion of a stay.
FOSS Patents suggests that an appeal could ultimately lead to an entire retrial, should the Federal Circuit disagree with the most recent ruling from the district court. Should Samsung file an appeal, the already long-drawn lawsuit will continue to beat on.