“When Judge Lucy Koh last month ordered a new trial to determine the proper damage award for 14 of the 28 Samsung devices found by a jury last summer to have infringed Apple (AAPL) patents, nearly every reporter covering story followed Reuters‘ lead: ‘Apple had a major setback in its ongoing mobile patents battle with Samsung Electronics on Friday, as a federal judge slashed a $1.05 billion jury award by more than 40 percent,'” Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports for Fortune.

“Almost lost in the flood of “Apple setback” headlines was the lone voice of FOSS Patent’s Florian Mueller, who pointed out that what was being described as a drastic cut in a $1.05 billion award could, in theory, turn out to be an increase,” P.E.D. reports. “One month later, his analysis has received a measure of vindication from, of all places, a late-Friday filing by Samsung’s lawyers: ‘Apple,’ they wrote, ‘can seek even more damages on these products in the new trial.'”

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