Apple vs Samsung (Apple before and after iPhone)

Monday, The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said it’s ruled that Samsung violated Apple’s design patents but did not infringe on the Cupertino firm’s trade dress intellectual property.

As reported by Reuters, the appeals court has now reversed part of Apple’s $930 million verdict versus Samsung, ordering that the penalty be adjusted accordingly.

“We therefore vacate the jury’s damages awards against the Samsung products that were found liable for trade dress dilution and remand for further proceedings consistent with this opinion,” the ruling states.

The $382 million awarded for trade dress dilution will have to be reconsidered by the lower court. Once the trade dress claims are removed from the judgement, Samsung’s $930 million penalty stemming from its 2012 patent infringement lawsuit with Apple is likely to be reduced.

Apple originally leveled a total of four trade tress violations against Samsung, including a design for a rectangular product with four evenly rounded corners, another one for a flat, clear surface covering the front of the product, then one for a display screen under the clear surface and finally a fourth assertion dealing with a dock at the bottom of the display.

Trade dress refers to a trademark on how a product is packaged or presented.

The appeals court’s full decision is available on Scribd.

Source: Reuters

  • Frizzle

    Back from the dead!

  • ClaudieX X


  • Proaxel

    Perhaps it’s time for Apple to return fire… bring it to the Supreme Court!

  • What

    How long does it take for the deal to be final

  • Digitalfeind

    It’s a general design. What would stop tv competitors from doing the same?? Yes Samsung copied the iPhone its all too obvious.

    • Kurt

      Truth hurts. Poor little Apple fanboys. I can see them crying right now: Maxim∑, PhoneTechJay, Cameron, etc. lol

      As always, I want more copying, less suing. Apple copies Samsung a lot and makes a better product, same goes for Samsung. It’s a win for us.

      • Cameron

        Apple is in their strongest position ever (why i hardly see the need to comment these days) and ive seen this picture from MrElectrifyer at least 28 times so no, no crying. I doubt Apple or Samsung would give a shit, Samsung would continue to blatantly copy while Apple will keep suing.

      • Kurt

        If it wasn’t for Samsung. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus would look very different. You wouldn’t have health kit and other features. Your power button would be on the top like HTC, etc…Samsung copies too, and I’m glad when the copy Apple. But sometimes I laugh because its too much. But for the most part I’m enjoying a superior phone to the iPhone . iPhone is lacking in so many respects. My Note 3 is still better than the iPhone 6 Plus and its a much older phone as you know. But in some respects I use my iPad Air’s camera over the Note 3 camera when I’m taking photos of my art under LED lights. For some reason, the iPad Air takes incredible pictures. The values/chroma/is too off on my Note 3. But my iPad Air is spot on under my LED white light. Really amazing! Bravo to Apple.

      • Cameron

        “If it wasn’t for Samsung. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus would look very different. You wouldn’t have health kit and other features. Your power button would be on the top like HTC”

        No. If it wasnt for Samsung the iPhone’s might not have such a big screen, thats it. Apple takes little to no design cues from samsung at all. iPhone 6 and plus was made to look similar to the ipad line while going thinner has always been Apples philosophy. The power button side placement is pure common sense, saying it copied samsung is really a crazy shot in the dark. Having said that Apple has obviously copied samsung in non design matters mainly, but they’ve always given their own twist to it. Samsung literally copies and pastes. You can keep buying Samsung, but not many are anymore ever since Apple released a larger iPhone 6 and the 6 plus.

      • Kurt

        We will have to agree to disagree. Samsung AND apple copies. Even if you won’t admit it, doesn’t change that fact. Enjoy your healthkit. If it wasn’t for S-Health you wouldn’t have it I’m sure. iPhones are just inferior to the Note line. You might like your iPhone but you aren’t going to tell me it’s a better phone right? inferior screen, inferior camera, inferior in most ways. iPhone is better if you like higher quality apps. Also, many apps run better on the iPhone. Other than that, Note is just a significantly better phone.

      • Cameron

        Firstly i already admitted Apple copies, how blind are you? Secondly, i have never used Healthkit before, and know nothing about S-health. I dont know if Apple copied that, and quite frankly it isnt one of their most popular features anyway. iPhone is a better phone because its better, you can prefer the Note because it has what you deem very important to you, slightly clearer screen slightly clearer photos, whatever. But the Apps and usability is what most people do mostly, and its starting to show in the sales gap now. I have nothing against you if you desire certain functions of Samsung. Just letting you know that Samsung isnt selling as much as they used to before. They are most definitely losing customers to the iPhone, more than ever.

      • omakad

        Man Samsung is sad these days. They have reported 4 quarters of loses in the mobile devisions. They are loosing customers to iPhone and other better and less expensive Asian brands. Gs6 and edge are last ditch effort to copy the iPhone and that too will backfire. Now that they have removed battery swap and internal memory they gonna loos few of those legacy fans they had. I’m not sad though. After laying on banchmark test, paying students to write negative reviews about their competitors, and faking this sales data I’m glad that westerners proved that they are not idiots and that Samsung can’t do whatever they want and get away with it. Luckily they can fall back onto making TV’s and refrigerators and parts for Apple so they will be ok.

      • ck125

        No they haven’t reported “losses” They made less than previous years, but are far from being in the negative.

    • Cameron

      The “reality” is full of mock up phones. Even the “reality-distortion” field has a large screen samsung phone. There’s no reason crying, samsung obviously see the benefits in copying outweigh the potential lawsuit. You think they are stupid and blind to not see how obvious their copying is?

      • Rowan09

        Samsung copied the iPhone, when I saw my friends Galaxy S I thought it looked like the iPhone but I didn’t say anything. I don’t believe it’s something that needs to be in court but they copied. It’s better to copy since Samsung wasn’t no where as big prior to the Galaxy S devices, even if they are sued in court they made the money already.

    • sadaN

      I am not in favour of apple here or anything, but as far as I know, the first iphone came out in 2007 and the earliest phone on the right picture dates 2008.

      • You mistaking the blurry 6 for an 8, the F700 and the SGH-Z610 are two of those phones.

  • n0ahcruz3

    Let the Flamewars commence!!! Lol

  • This Guy

    but but but… dumb people will buy samsung phones thinking they bought an iPhone! One of the most idiotic things people think actually happens more than possibly once or twice that some old lady got conned. Derp.

  • ck125

    When it is all said and done, apple isn’t going to get anything, it will just be covering the lawyers fees.

  • So if the court rules that looks can’t be protected, can Ford make a car that looks exactly like a Ferrari now?

    • iPhoneWINS


    • mp

      Why when they can make the GT40. Next model to be powered by a V6, short back and empty sides, man what a beauty.