The same Justice Department that was able to snare through a couple of iPhones’ encryption is siding with Samsung on a years-long patent suit that’s about to be taken up by the Supreme Court.

The department has penned an amicus brief on behalf of the chaebol and against Apple, calling for a new trial.

“We welcome the overwhelming support for overturning the ruling in favor of Apple, including […] the US government,” a Samsung spokesperson said.

An Apple spokesperson declined to comment on the brief.

The original award to Apple of $930 million has been pecked away at since it was dispensed in 2012. Samsung has been challenging the validity of the patents the case was centered on and the US Patent and Trademark Office has invalidated some of them.

Source: Wall Street Journal

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