Samsung gets Supreme Court to consider damages in Apple patent suit

Heading in to this week, we knew that we’d be talking about Apple (a whole lot of Apple) and the courts, as Apple prepares to have its motion in the San Bernardino FBI case ruled upon tomorrow. And while that’s bound to generate more than enough Apple legal news to keep our attention, especially with all the privacy questions it raises, it turns out we’ve also got another big development on a different Apple case, as the company’s long-standing clash with Samsung over patent issues gets ready to find itself before the nation’s top court.

Apple’s got so many legal battles with Samsung, you’d be forgiven for not being able to keep track of which one we’re talking about at a given time. Here, we’re not looking at the same quick-link patent conflict we did last time, but instead the “big” one that initially awarded Apple billion-dollar damages. The exact figure’s jumped back and forth on various appeals, but late last year we finally saw Samsung begin paying up, forking over just shy of $550 million. Samsung may have done so, but it wasn’t happy about it, and it’s taking the verdict to the Supreme Court.

Samsung asked that the court rule on various aspects of the case, but it won’t ultimately be addressing every issue. For instance, the court has indicated that it won’t reconsider whether or not Apple’s design patents were valid to begin with, letting lower rulings stand.

Instead, the court will consider Samsung’s arguments that the damages it was ordered to pay Apple weren’t calculated appropriately, leaving Samsung on the hook for infringement, but possibly reducing its ultimate payout.

It will still be some time before we finally see this case resolved, with the next term of the court not beginning for another seven months.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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