I, too, found Judge Koh's insistence on a settlement frustrating because sometimes you just need to disregard the politics of your position (in Judge Koh's case) and allow justice to prevail. I applaude the jury for getting it right--though I feel they let Samsung off too lightly--this verdict is still, as Mr. Cook has stated, a victory for values; that you cannot steal someone else's property and not be held accountable for your actions. I find Samsung's total disregard for the law, the legal process, and others' IP absurd, arrogant, and willful... and I am very happy that the jury has found likewise.
As my small token of disapproval of this company, I will never buy another Samsung product, but I am glad that they will now be forced to, perhaps, be a little innovative.
Judge koh knew exactly what she was doing.
Maybe she was closing loopholes in the event of an appeal, the fact that at various times during the case she was seen as biased by supporters on both sides of the argument shows that in the end she did an admirable job of walking the tightrope of impartiality.
Samsung will have very little to base an appeal on.