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Supreme Court Reverses Apple v. Samsung Design Patent Damages Award

Smartphone on leather backgroundOn December 6, the Supreme Court reversed Apple’s $399 million patent infringement verdict against Samsung.  The decision – the first from the Supreme Court to interpret design patent damages since 1886 – arguably raises more questions than it answers.

In a series of widely-publicized cases around the globe, Apple and Samsung have been battling over the alleged infringement of smartphone designs since 2011.  Through multiple trials and appeals, Apple eventually obtained a $399 million verdict for Samsung’s infringement of three Apple design patents covering various aspects of the iPhone, including the front screen and ‘rounded corners.’

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