Court denies Samsung’s latest appeal request in ongoing patent case

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The US Federal Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday denied Samsung’s request to reconsider the court’s decision to uphold damages awarded in its patent infringement case, reports the San Jose Mercury News. The damages amount to more than $400 million.

This is just the latest turn in what seems to be a never-ending patent case between Samsung and Apple. In 2012, a jury found Samsung guilty of infringing on Apple’s patents and awarded the iPhone maker $1 billion in damages, which has since been cut in half.

Today’s decision comes just weeks after Facebook, Google and other tech companies filed a “friend of the court” briefing on behalf of Samsung. The firms argued that the $400 million in damages charged to the Korean smartphone giant would “stifle innovation.”

Samsung’s final hope to overturn the verdict rests with the US Supreme Court.

In addition to this case, Apple and Samsung have a second patent infringement case that went to trial last year, resulting in $120 million in damages awarded to Apple. Otherwise, the two companies have reached a settlement to stop litigation outside the United States.

Source: San Jose Mercury News