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Supreme Court wrestles with size of damages for Apple design patents

Grant Gross | Oct. 12, 2016
Justices appear to question why an award should be based on the total profits on infringing Samsung devices.

Apple defended its patents and the jury award. "Our designers and engineers are distinguished by their originality," Apple Chief Litigation Officer Noreen Krall said outside court Tuesday. "We firmly believe that strong design patent protection spurs creativity and innovation. And that’s why we’ve defended ourselves against those who steal our ideas."

Samsung said the current law doesn't make sense. "Awarding all of the profits for a single patent devalues the contributions of the hundreds of thousands of other patents in a smartphone," the company said in a press release. "We are hopeful that the Supreme Court will give a sensible and fair reading to the design patent statute. That would be a win for businesses and consumers alike."

 

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