U.S. Supreme Court Sides with Samsung Over Apple in Latest Appeal

U.S. Supreme Court Sides with Samsung Over Apple in Latest Appeal

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There are multiple lawsuit cases going back and forth between Samsung and Apple right now. At the end of last month, we learned that Samsung was denied an appeal against Apple in regards to their slide-to-unlock, quick links and auto-correct patents. On this case, Samsung can either pay the $119.6 million, or attempt to take it to the Supreme Court. Now, in a completely separate case, the U.S. Supreme Court has sided with Samsung.

This other case was one that Samsung had lost as well, and was ordered to pay Apple $930 million for copying “key iPhone designs.” While the penalty for this specific case was supposed to be $930 million, but it was cut by $382 million before Samsung decided to pay. So last year, Samsung paid Apple $548 million and then decided to take the case to the Supreme Court, hoping they could have that penalty cut again (this time by $399 million).

Generally for patents, it’s said that the person or company who violates them will have to pay its entire profits from the sales of products using stolen designs. This is generally known to be true even if the design patents are only for a portion of the overall product being sold. Samsung felt this was unfair and asked the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on the issue. They agree with Samsung and feel they shouldn’t have to pay the entire $548 million penalty.

Samsung feels they should have that total cut by $399 million, but now it’s up to the lower courts to figure out a new penalty total. The thing is, the U.S. Supreme Court did not present a way for the juries and lower courts to come up with this new total. Apple will continue to argue that it was innovative designs that made the iPhone a success (and therefore the majority of a product’s profits), while Samsung will continue to say these features are small and do not reflect the overall product.

Source: Reuters