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Apple demands $85 million back from Samsung as patent war rages on

Not surprisingly, Apple was irked at having $450 million (£297m) in patent damages dropped through a 1 March ruling that slashed the $1.05 billion (£692.7m) award it won over Sasmung in August 2012. Now, the Cupertino-based firm has requested that the judge reinstate at least $85 million (£56m) of the stripped damages.

Apple this week moved for a partial reconsideration of Judge Lucy Koh's decision, specifically as it relates to the certain variants of the Samsung Galaxy S2 and US/Canada-only handset the Infuse 4G.

Earlier this month, Judge Koh ordered a new trial on 14 Samsung products and dropped $450,514,650 in damages from the $1.05 billion total.

Apple said that Judge Koh did so because the court believed that some sales of these two smartphones occurred before 15 April, 2011 - the date Apple sued Samsung.

"In fact, Samsung stipulated in the pre-trial order that all sales of the Galaxy S2 and Infuse 4G began after 15 April, 2011," Apple said. "As the court recognised, notice in the complaint gave Apple a right to recover Samsung's profits from sales of these two products after this date."

Specifically, Apple wants back more than $40 million (£26.4m) for the Galaxy S2 and in excess of $44 million (£29m) for the Infuse 4G.

At this point, Samsung is still on the hook for almost $600 million (£396.2m) in damages related to the Galaxy Ace, Galaxy S (i9000), Galaxy S2 (i9100), Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi-Fi, Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G LTE, and a host of other devices and variants, many of which are specific to the North American market.

Apple and Samsung have been fighting over patents for almost two years now. Both sides have won small victories in courts around the globe, but it was the August 2012 decision out of California that was the biggest setback for Samsung. The Korean phone giant is currently appealing, while also preparing for a similar case in the same court, which is set to kick off sometime next year.

Last month, Samsung failed to get iPhones and iPads banned in Japan, while Apple was thwarted in its bid to get Samsung products banned in the US.