May 19, 2015
Appeals Court Scales Back Amount Owed From Initial $930 Million
The news came Monday that Samsung will still have to fork over some cash for the violation, but not the original amount of $930 million as decided back in 2012. It was then that a federal jury decided Samsung would have to pay just over $1 billion, but a judge later decreased the amount to the $930 million figure.
The case, PC World reported, is linked to the court’s decision Samsung violated Apple’s designs and patents in relation to the iPhone. An appeals court decision, though, reversed an intial finding of infringements on Samsung’s part for Apple’s trademark phone.
“This is a victory for design and those who respect it,” Apple said in a statement, as quoted by Reuters.
In the same article, Brian Love, an assistant professor of law at the University of Santa Clara, said Apple has, from the beginning, claimed a great deal of possession when it comes to Smartphone design.
“They made this argument from the beginning of the case that they were sort of the true innovators in the smartphone world, and that although a lot of this technology existed in the past, they came up with very simple, elegant and easy-to-use design that took the smartphone to the next level,” he said. “To the extent that it was protected, it was protected by these design patents.”
The U.S. District Court in San Jose, California, must now recalculate the portion of the settlement dealing with trade dress. This means Samsung will still have to pay, it’s just yet to be determined what that amount is going to be.
W. Brice McVicar is a staff writer for SiteProNews.