Just two months ago, Apple and Samsung took their epic legal battle to the U.S. Supreme Court where the two companies fought over the exact amount Samsung would ultimately have to pay Apple for patent infringement.
Before the proceedings began, Samsung was on the hook for $548 million, of which $399 million was in dispute. In other words, Samsung was always, at the very least, going to pay Apple $149 million.
Samsung naturally argued that the balance of $399 million in damages was far too excessive and that the design patents upon which the damages award was based were being afforded far too much value. Specifically, Samsung argued that Apple is only entitled to damages from portions of the phone that actually infringe as opposed to basing the damages on the profit margins of each infringing Samsung device.
Well now comes word via Reuters that the Supreme Court has ruled in Samsung’s favor and has tossed out the $399 million judgement completely.
BREAKING: Supreme Court rules for Samsung in dispute over damages owed for infringing Apple's patent iPhone designs pic.twitter.com/g0y5VjiRks
— Reuters Tech News (@ReutersTech) December 6, 2016
This will now move back to the lower courts where a new damages amount will be assessed.
Samsung opinion barely 9 pages long; case now goes back to Federal Circuit
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) December 6, 2016