Samsung appealing $548m patent infringement bill in Apple case

Korean electronics giant in last-ditch appeal to US Supreme Court

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Samsung appealing $548m patent infringement bill in Apple case The ruling referenced the iPhone's front face with rounded corners, its bezel, and its app layout design (AFP/Getty Images)
By  Tom Paye Published  December 15, 2015

Samsung is fighting a last-ditch effort to reverse the $548m bill in patent infringement damages against Apple that it was handed this week.

On Monday it was announced that the Korean electronics manufacturer had to pay Apple the amount as part of a ruling in 2012 that Samsung copied aspects of the iPhone on its Galaxy S devices. In particular, the ruling referenced the iPhone's front face with rounded corners, its bezel, and its app layout design.

However, Samsung has now appealed to the US Supreme Court, saying that it should not have to pay as much as the $548m in damages that Apple was awarded. The company's argument is that it had not benefitted to the same financial tune from the copied aspects of its smartphones.

"A patented design might be the essential feature of a spoon or rug. But the same is not true of smartphones, which contain countless other features that give them remarkable functionality wholly unrelated to their design," Reuters quoted Samsung as saying.

"Samsung is escalating this case because it believes that the way the laws were interpreted is not in line with modern times."

Whether or not the appeal is successful, this turn is the latest in a long case that dates back to the days of the original Samsung Galaxy S devices. Apple has repeatedly stated that it believes Samsung infringed its iPhone-related patents, something which Samsung has always denied. And while the two companies are business partners (Samsung manufactures chips for the iPhone), the case has turned their relationship increasingly sour over the years.

 

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