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Apple and Samsung Headed to the Supreme Court

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: 11:13AM

Back in 2012, Apple won a lawsuit against Samsung, claiming that its patents had been infringed and it was ruled that Samsung should pay $1.05 billion. A lot has happened since then, including the damages being reduced to $548 million, Apple losing other patent infringement cases, and Apple's pinch-to-zoom patents being deemed invalid by the USPTO, though Apple has appealed that decision to the Federal Circuit court.

In December Samsung finally paid Apple the damages the courts set, but with the condition it is returned if the patents were deemed invalid or if Samsung won the case on appeal. While Samsung lost its petition for a new trial, its appeal to the Supreme Court has succeeded as today it announced it will hear the case in the next term, which starts in October.

Obviously Samsung is pleased with this decision and hopes the ruling will not only be in its favor, but also set a new precedent for how patents are interpreted. Many other companies have expressed similar concerns that Apple's 2012 victory could allow others to use patents to stifle innovation and the development of modern technologies.

Source: Fortune

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