[JURIST] In a brief [text] filed on Friday, Apple [corporate website] asked the Supreme Court [official website] to rule against Samsung [corporate website] in its patent infringement lawsuit. Apple contended in its brief that Samsung has been unable to provide sufficient evidence [Reuters report] that design patent damages should be decided based on the value of the individual component, as opposed to the entire device. Apple won its patent dispute with Samsung in 2012, where Apple was to receive $930 million from Samsung. A federal court of appeals would later reverse damages on trademark liability charge, and so reduced Apple’s award to $548 million, $399 million of which is based upon design patents. While Samsung has already paid Apple the $548 million in damages, Samsung has reserved the right to recover a portion of those damages, if the Supreme Court chooses to rule against Apple, holding patent damages to only pertain to the individual component. The decision is highly anticipated and several groups and corporations have filed amicus curiae briefs, including the Department of Justice, the Computer and Communications Industry Association and Nike [websites].
This is the most recent installment of the ongoing patent dispute [JURIST op-ed] between the two electronics giants. In March the Supreme Court agreed to hear [JURIST report] Samsung’s current appeal. In February the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [official website] overturned [opinion, PDF] a 2014 verdict [materials] against Samsung in its patent infringement conflict with Apple. In January the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] granted [JURIST report] Apple’s motion for a permanent injunction against Samsung for infringing upon three software patents. In August 2014 the US District Court for the Northern District of California denied [JURIST report] Apple’s request to ban Samsung from selling any of its products that infringed on Apple’s patented technology. Earlier in August 2014 Apple and Samsung agreed to drop [JURIST report] all patent infringement lawsuits in courts outside of the US. In June 2014 Apple and Samsung also agreed to dismiss [JURIST report] their appeals of a patent infringement case at the US International Trade Commission [official website] that resulted in an import ban on some older model Samsung phones.