Both Apple & Samsung Lose Out In iPhone IP Appeal Case
The appeals court handed a partial victory to Apple upholding court findings smartphone rival Samsung Electronics infringed the iPhone maker’s intellectual property but setting aside part of a $930 million jury award.
Apple prevailed on the most central issue, with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirming Monday that a range of Samsung’s devices infringed several of Apple’s patented inventions for the iPhone.
The court, a specialized body that handles patent appeals, also rejected Samsung’s arguments that a trial judge wrongly permitted jurors to award damages based on Samsung’s entire profits from its infringing smartphones.
The appeals court, however, ruled against Apple’s “trade dress” claims that Samsung copied the iPhone to trade on the public recognition associated with the distinctive look and design of Apple’s device.
The court said Apple’s trade dress claims, which focused on design elements such as the iPhone’s rounded corners and screen icons, were based on functional elements of the phone that weren’t entitled to legal protections under U.S. trademark law.