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The US Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled in favor of Samsung in a dispute over damages related to Apple’s iPhone design, reports CNBC. The decision means that Samsung won’t be held liable for all $399 million awarded to Apple in a previous lower court ruling.

That amount is based on profits of 11 Samsung smartphones that were found guilty of infringing on Apple’s designs, but Samsung argued the penalty is disproportionate. It believes it should only be liable for profits from specific components, and the Court agreed.

Well, it partially agrees. In its Syllabus, the Court said it “declined to resolve whether the relevant article of manufacture for each design patent at issue here is the smartphone or a particular smartphone component.” The case is being sent back down to lower court.

“The question before the Supreme Court was how to calculate the amount Samsung should pay for their copying,” Apple told CNBC of the ruling. “Our case has always been about Samsung’s blatant copying of our ideas, and that was never in dispute. We will continue to protect the years of hard work that has made iPhone the world’s most innovative and beloved product. We remain optimistic that the lower courts will again send a powerful signal that stealing isn’t right.”

Apple filed its initial “trademark infringement suit” against Samsung back in 2011, and it has since battled the Korean tech giant in a number of lawsuits around the world. In its two largest victories, it was awarded ~$1 billion in 2012 and $120 million in 2014.

Source: CNBC

  • Ara Rezaee

    Is it really fair to call it the “Supreme Court” if they can’t even decide justly on such easy cases?

  • Icisz

    Bottom line: now suddenly they have no choice but to admit to their plagiarism crimes and hope that sympathy wins the settlement amount? Ba Ha ha ha ha. Samsung: Patience is a virtue and talent you have yet to grasp.
    If they only have to pay $1 it will forever be noted in history as fact that the hard work they stole from Dyson, Apple, Tmc and countless others was not acceptable. This isn’t about holding back innovation, but, in fact, is simply about workarounds and intellectual thefts that they need to be called out for once and for all.
    Innovation would be best served if patent laws would catch up to technology and 2017. Obviously that old system is broken.

    • jOn Garrett

      Did Apple invent slide to unlock? No, they stole it from the Neonode N1

      Did Apple invent the click wheel from the iPod? No, they stole that from some Japanese guy.

      Did Apple invent the iPhone? No. The iPhone came out in the mid 90’s. Lynksys made it, Apple stole the name.

      The iPhone 4 was a Sony design that Apple stole.

      • Icisz

        Yes that’s right they sit there and ride pine all day thinking of ways to rip off old designs. Your comparing old used concepts with reverse engineering my friend and it’s not at all the same. You can do mental gymnastics to make your point some more but your waisting your time. I’m far from a fanboy who doesn’t see things for what they are.

  • tariq

    I hope everyone copies Mi Mix in 2017. Im sure no one will mind that lol

  • Timothy Chan

    That judge is one trump