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U.S. Supreme Court wipes the $399 million Samsung owed Apple for patent infringement

December 6th, 2016 at 10:25 AM
Appel Vs Samsung

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.

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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.

This will now move back to the lower courts where a new damages amount will be assessed.

A life long Mac user and Apple enthusiast, Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large for over 6 years. His writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and most recently, TUAW. When not writing about and analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions, the most recent examples being The Walking Dead and Broad City.




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