Apple's remarks in a patent trial suggested an 'American-versus-non-American theme' to the jury, Judge Koh said.
But Apple still lingers, lawyers at hand.
The move will make it easier for them to collaborate, and is a defensive move against Apple
Samsung owes Apple a check for smartphone patent infringement, but the multimillion-dollar award is equal to several days' profit for each company.
IBM acquired more U.S. patents than any other company for the 21st year in a row. But Google has quickened its patent pace and climbed to No. 11 in the rankings.
The ruling confirms an earlier trade court ruling and marks another victory for Apple.
After three days of deliberations, a jury came back with the figure on what Samsung needs to pay Apple for infringing on several of its patents.
It doesn’t take much to bring lawyers and reporters scurrying to the courtroom in the Apple-Samsung trial.
Judge Lucy Koh, apparently keen to avoid a re-do of the trial, denied the Samsung request.
Jurors will now decide how much Samsung must pay Apple for infringing on several patents with its smartphones.