“A federal judge signaled Thursday that she might reduce Apple Inc.’s $1-billion jury award in its patent infringement case with Samsung Electronics Co.,” Jessica Guynn reports for The Los Angeles Times.

“U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh did not specify by how much she might shave the award, but during a marathon afternoon hearing in federal court in San Jose she said it did appear that the jury had miscalculated damages,” Guynn reports. “In August, after three days of deliberations in the complex patent case, a jury awarded Apple more than $1 billion… Koh said she would issue rulings in the coming weeks.”

Guynn reports, “Samsung argued that the damage award should be reduced because the jury incorrectly calculated the amount. Apple asked the court to award $535 million more in damages because the jury found that Samsung had willfully infringed Apple’s patents. Both sides seemed to be gearing up for years of legal appeals despite the judge’s plea for ‘global peace.’ The case is likely to go before the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, the Washington court that decides patent disputes, and perhaps the U.S. Supreme Court.”

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MacDailyNews Take: By now, Apple deserves ten times that award, at least, not to have it reduced.

Koh needs to stop wasting everyone’s time grandstanding with empty, misguided pleas for peace, get her ass in gear, and adjudicate the case before her so it can move on to a higher court while we’re still young. How many more Christmases will Samsung be allowed to sell property stolen from Apple?