Supreme Court rejects Samsung's appeal in Apple patent infringement case

Angelica Greene
November 8, 2017

A jury awarded Apple $120 million and Samsung $160,000 in May 2014 but the case has been bouncing through the appeals system for the past three years.

In the newest instance, Samsung also squabbled that "it should not have been subject to a court order barring future use of Apple's innovations".

The US Supreme Court on Monday upheld a $120 million patent award Samsung was ordered to pay Apple in the latest ruling in a series of legal skirmishes between the top two smartphone makers.

Appealing to the Supreme Court, Samsung said that the patent court's judges did not follow proper procedure in reviving the verdict because they made the decision without considering additional legal papers or hearing oral arguments.

The ruling yesterday concerns some smartphone features Apple alleged were copied by Samsung.

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The retrial between Apple and Samsung is set to start in May 2018.

On the two patents, Samsung was originally found to have infringed the two patents in question, though it had successfully appealed the decision before it was overturned. The ruling in Apple's favour was overturned nearly two years later, but reinstated once again less than a year after that. The case also involved patents on features such as turning data into links - like tapping a phone number to dial it. But it lost so the rest of the world's reality perception will now have to match Apples'. Though a substantial amount, it was way lesser than the $2.19 billion Apple was asking for. Apple sold 75.5 million iPhones in the October-December quarter, according to research firm FactSet StreetAccount, 1 million more than what was sold in the year-ago quarter.

A third trial is scheduled to kick off on May 14 to debate how the damages should be calculated.

Judge Lucy Koh, who's been presiding over the case since April 2011, already expressed weariness with it. "I would like this to be some closure for all of us".

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