Apple has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to rule against Samsung's request to send a longstanding patent lawsuit between the two companies back to lower court for further proceedings, reports Reuters.
Apple told the court that its South Korean rival has "no evidence" that design patent damages should be based on anything less than the value of an entire smartphone, according to court documents filed on Friday. The Supreme Court agreed to hear Samsung's case in December.
Samsung argued that it has been hit with "excessive penalties" for allegedly copying the design of the iPhone. The company claims that the penalties were unfair because Apple was awarded damages from the total profits of the product, while the infringing patent only applied to a component of the smartphone rather than the whole device.
Apple was awarded nearly $1 billion in damages in 2012, but a significant part of the decision was reversed in 2015, leaving Samsung owing $548 million. Samsung has already paid the $548 million, but could win its money back if the ruling is overturned. The patent lawsuit dates back to 2011.
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While the court documents show Google engineers warned Samsung's tablet designs resembled the iPad's, we know from the court decisions around the world that NO COURT sided with Apple's claim that Samsung copied their tablet design -- and that Apple's design was merely a rehash of old ideas. In the UK for instance, Apple was ordered to publicly apologize to Samsung and to cease their misleading PR campaign against Samsung. Even in the US, where Judge Koh made heroic effort to depict Samsung as an infringer, the jury disagreed with Apple and Judge Koh.
We also know from the court cases around the world that only a few of those initial claims Apple filed still stand today -- and only in one jurisdiction, Apple's hometown court in SJ. Apple was in fact more or less forced to drop all non-US lawsuits once it became clear that all their patent claims have been either worked around, invalidated or thrown out of court elsewhere. In Germany, for instance, all of Apple's entire patent claims were thrown out. Even in the US, most of the so-called marquee patents Apple touted as their genuine innovation have all but been reviewed and invalidated.
In Apple's second trial, after winning a laughable victory in the lower court case in which Apple claimed its originality in autocorrect, hyperlink, etc, the appeals court reversed all of Apple's win and ordered Apple to pay for Samsung's legal expenses.
I'm guessing that you really haven't been following the lawsuits.. or perhaps confirmation-bias much?