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Samsung Handed Major Victory In Patent Fight with Apple

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Dec 6, 2016, 11:02 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

The U.S. Supreme Court today vacated a $399 million reward that Samsung had been ordered to pay Apple for violating the iPhone maker's designs. The court agreed with Samsung's position that it should not be forced to forfeit all the profits from the infringing devices because their design is just one aspect. The court said the lower courts had improperly calculated the fine and sent the case back to those courts for further deliberation. The case dates back to April 2011, when Apple first sued Samsung over its smartphones. An initial trial found Samsung guilty of willfully infringing on Apple's designs and rewarded Apple $1.05 billion in damages. That reward has been whittled down over the years in subsequent hearings.

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Dec 7, 2016, 4:12 PM

Or more importantly

Apple stole most of its design elements from Braun. Ever held one of their calculators up to an iphone? Its scary. So maybe Apple owes Braun all of their profits for every iphone ever made. Honestly, I think Apple is getting off easy by losing this case to Samsung. I'd rather see them fork over all their iphone profits.

Dec 6, 2016, 12:22 PM

They pretty much had to do this...

There are a ton of phones that borrow basic iPhone design elements now, and if Apple could potentially get All the profit made from any phone of anyone it sued for "similar" elements like a "rounded-corner front face, bezel and colorful grid of icons that represent programs and applications", the industry would tank.
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