Don’t Take Up Samsung’s Appeal, Apple Cries To The Court


Apple’s beef with Samsung has been going on for years now, and it has been the subject of much attention for the masses. In recent events, the Cupertino based company has requested the Supreme Court not to bother taking up the South Korean tech giant’s appeal regarding the high-profile patent legal case that seems to go on forever.

Thursday, Apple had filed its arguments to the Supreme Court, stating that there really isn’t any reason for the court to take up Samsung’s appeal in the legal spat about the patent dispute. The Galaxy phone maker has agreed to pay Apple over AU$775 million (US$548 million) to settle the case, Recode writes.

However, a couple of weeks later Samsung had appealed and asked for a re-examination of the case, GSM Arena added.

Samsung argues that the jury isn’t given all of the details regarding patents when it deals with design cases, as well as how the damages are particularly calculated. Apple says that the method for awarding damages in the case of design patents has already been settled, and the Supreme Court need not review it anymore.

The South Korean company has already paid Apple the hefty sum it sought, but argues that the legal principles at stake require Samsung to fight the jury verdict. Samsung had infringed on both Apple’s design and utility patents for the iPhone, although Samsung’s appeal is in regards with only the design patent portion.

“Samsung had its day in court — many days, in fact — and the properly instructed jury was well-justified in finding that Samsung copied Apple’s designs and should pay the damages that the statute expressly authorizes,” Apple said on Thursday. “While this litigation may be high-profile, it is legally unexceptional, and Samsung has shown no reason for this Court to prolong it.”

In response to Apple’s filing, Samsung states that innovation and healthy competition are both at risk from being diminished. Patent trolls that take opportunistic lawsuits could have a downside throughout the economy of the United States.


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