A federal judge has quashed Samsung's hopes for a new patent trial over Apple's "bounce-back" patent, a key issue in the pair's landmark trial last year.
US District Court Judge Lucy Koh issued a ruling late Thursday denying a Samsung motion for a new trial regarding the "bounce-back," or '381 patent. Samsung filed this motion in July, according to Groklaw.
Apple had originally accused more than 20 Samsung smartphones and two tablets of infringing on the '381 patent technology, which covers the "bounce-back" that users get when they scroll to the bottom. The patent also includes a host of touch-screen actions, including dragging documents.
The landmark patent infringement trial between Apple and Samsung ended last August after the jury awarded Apple the $1.05 billion in damages. But in March, Judge Koh reduced the damages award by $450.5 million and ordered a new trial on the damages to recalculate them.
Over the past few months, the two companies have been gearing up for this retrial, which is set for November. Judge Koh's ruling that denied a new trail on the '381 patent came within a collection of orders regarding the schedule and rules for the damages retrial.
CNET contacted Samsung and Apple for comment. We'll update the story when we get more information.