Samsung and Apple’s ongoing US legal tussle is set to drag on into 2016, after a judge set a date for a fifth trial to set a new total for damages.
Judge Lucy Koh, who has heard previous cases in California between the two tech giants, is said to have set April 2016 for the fresh hearings.
This could be the last time that Apple and Samsung take each on in a courtroom.
Four trials have already debated the ins and outs of the latter’s infringements of the former’s patents, finding that while Samsung did indeed infringe on Apple’s intellectual property, the initial billion dollar reward should be cut to $548 million.
Samsung recently moved to have the entire case heard by a panel of 12 judges, losing an appeal to have the damages lowered by $400 million.
With the backing of Facebook, Google and HP, the Korean company has already said it will take its case to the US Supreme Court.
If the highest court in America chooses to intervene, then an April 2016 trial will likely be cancelled as the country’s leading judges look to finally put to bed one of tech’s longest running courtroom dramas.