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  • Court Reject's Samsung's Latest Appeal to Re-Examine Apple vs. Samsung Trial

    The US Federal Circuit Court recently denied Samsung’s request for an en banc review of a previous decision, which left Apple’s patent infringement trial win in place, which left the Supreme Court as the South Korean electronics manufacturer’s last chance of hope. For those of you who didn’t know, Samsung in June petitioned for the rehearing of a prior CAFC decision in the Apple vs. Samsung trial. To be more specific, the appeals court in May found the jury in that case to have correctly assigned damages against Samsung for infringing Apple’s iPhone and iPad designs.

    Samsung is claiming that the $399 million in damages was wrongfully awarded as their stance, arguing that a complex device, such as a smartphone or tablet, includes “hundreds or thousands of different patented technologies,” noting that many patents asserted by Apple only cover minor features of the whole. On top of that, certain patents Apple successfully leveraged during the trial allegedly cover functional design ineligible for a damages award according to Samsung.

    To help strengthen its argument, Samsung wasn’t alone in its CAFC petition as companies such as Dell, eBay, Facebook, Google, HP and more, offered support in a “friend of the court.” The firms warned the decision in favor of Apple, if left standing, would:

    …lead to absurd results and have a devastating impact on companies, including amici, who spend billions of dollars annually on research and development for complex technologies and their components.
    The failed petition for a rehearing stems from the first Apple vs. Samsung trial in 2012 which ended with the South Korean electronics manufacturer on the hook for $1.05 billion. The partial retrial ended up reducing damages while a CAFC appeal bought the final tally down to $548 million. This sum is still currently being contested by both parties. We’ll have to wait and see what ends up happening.

    Source: San Jose Mercury News
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