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Apple-Samsung patent trial headed to Supreme Court… if Samsung gets its way

by Jacob Kleinman | December 15, 2015

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Earlier this month Apple and Samsung finally agreed to put their long-running patent trial to an end. In a joint filing, the South Korean company agreed to pay $548 million to its Cupertino rival, but it may already be looking for a way out.

Samsung has officially appealed to the Supreme Court in an effort to overturn its fine and potentially change the way design patent trials work in the U.S. moving forward. Specifically, the Galaxy-maker takes issue with the way design patents are considered by juries and how fines are calculated.

The appeal argues that design patents are often left up to interpretation by the jury, and should be judged based on stricter guidelines. Samsung also suggests that forcing one firm to cover another company’s lost profits sets a dangerous precedent, especially in cases with multiple patents to consider.

“Samsung is escalating this case because it believes that the way the laws were interpreted is not in line with modern times,” the company said. “If the current legal precedent stands, it could diminish innovation, stifle competition, pave the way for design patent troll litigation and negatively impact the economy and consumers.”

If Samsung gets its way, and the trial ends up in the Supreme Court, it could set an important new precedent in the industry. In the short term it could also save the South Korean company a good amount of money that it would otherwise have to hand over to Apple.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...


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