Samsung Appealing Apple Patent Case to Supreme Court
Samsung is asking the court to review the $548M it must pay Apple, as well as look at U.S. patent laws, which Samsung says are outdated.Samsung is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review U.S. design patent laws as part of the company's appeal involving an ongoing patent-infringement case with Apple. Samsung recently agreed to pay Apple $548 million in damages after a multi-year legal battle between the two companies, but now Samsung is appealing the matter and asking America's highest court to look at the broader implications of the patent laws that are used today, according to a Dec. 14 story by The New York Times. The appeal from Samsung argues that the framework for U.S. design patents is "outdated for the modern digital world" and should be reviewed by the court to resolve the problems for all companies, the story reported. It is uncertain if the high court will choose to hear the case.
In the ongoing patent dispute between Samsung and Apple, design patents related to Apple's iPhones have been the central theme in the case for more than four years, according to an earlier eWEEK story. In its original patent-infringement lawsuit against Samsung, Apple argued that Samsung's smartphones mimicked Apple's design, with a rectangular body, rounded edges and other features. In August 2012, a California jury found that Samsung infringed on Apple's patents in the design of its tablets and smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy Tab and Galaxy 10.1 tablets and such smartphone models as the Captivate, the Galaxy S line, the Fascinate and the Epic 4 G. The jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple more than $1.05 billion in damages, which was later reduced to about $930 million.