CLEARLY BORED of doing minor updates to its product portfolio, Apple has made a decision to renew its patent spat with Samsung. The devices over which it was sued are no longer on sale and yet the case has dragged on since then but lawsuits and countersuits being filed by both companies. The jury will have to decide if the Supreme Court's caveat applies to the current case, or if Apple's characterization of the matter is more correct.
3D-printed Samsung and Apple logos.
"Design is what ties it all together", Lee said in US Northern California District Court in San Jose, California.
Samsung made $3.3 billion (roughly Rs. 22,400 crores) in revenue and $1 billion in profit from millions of phones that infringed Apple's three design patents, Lee said. On the other hand, Samsung only wants to provide a mere $28 million in reimbursements.
While Apple has been seeking the full profits attributable to the sales of the infringed phones, Samsung has been arguing for smaller penalties directly related to the value of features impacted by the patents. Come December 2015, it was decided that Samsung would finally pay Apple $548 million. "Apple's design patents do not cover the entire phone".
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It's been eight years since the original iPhone was first released, but Apple still regards the device as one of the biggest risks it has ever taken - enough that it could have cost the whole company. Judge Lucy Koh, who presided over a previous retrial, instituted a "Groundhog Day" rule, according to the BBC, meaning that no new evidence can be introduced, and the jury must not re-adjudicate the initial verdict that Samsung was found to have infringed on Apple's patents.
At issue were design features by now familiar to consumers: a black, rectangular, round-cornered phone front, a surrounding rim, known as the "bezel" and a grid of 16 colorful icon. It won the case and was awarded $1.05 billion in 2012.
Also Read: Samsung Galaxy S9+ vs Apple iPhone X: What's the difference? But the award was curbed by a retrial the following year, and the U.S. Supreme Court set aside a portion of the damages after ruling that they could reflect either individual components of a product or the entire product itself.
The reconsideration comes from Samsung's objection that the original calculations included total profits from the infringing phones.
They are called "enlisted plans" in Europe and most parts of the world, however "outline patents" in the US.