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A U.S. jury in a San Jose, Calif., federal court awarded Apple about $290 million in damages this week in a retrial of a patent case against Samsung Electronics. Apple charged that Samsung had copied a number of iPhone features on its own smartphones.

The two companies have been embroiled in patent disputes for a couple of years. Last year, Apple was awarded more than $1 billion in damages in the case. But this year a judge ordered a retrial on part of the verdict, ruling that the jury made some errors in its calculations, according to a Reuters story. That led to the latest trial and verdict.

Samsung channel partners said they did not think the verdict would hurt sales of Samsung smartphones.