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Supreme Courts Rules In Samsung’s Favor Over Smartphone Patents

Supreme Courts Rules In Samsung’s Favor Over Smartphone Patents

The US Supreme Court has ruled unanimously in the favor of Samsung in their long-standing legal conflict with Apple.

The justices said that the patent infringement could affect just a component of the phones, like its design or appearance, but not the sum total of the device.

That case has stretched on and on since 2011, when the Cupertino-based firm took Samsung to court with claims that the iPhones patents, design and appearance had been infringed upon.

As a result of the court ruling that violations Samsung made to Apple’s design patents, it’s expected that Samsung’s penalty of $548 million will be reduced when the case returns to a lower court to be recalculated – assuming no further appeals are made to the detriment of the ruling.

It’s the second major legal development between the two companies, with a federal appeals court denying Samsung‘s request for a rehearing on its ruling that the company infringed on Apple’s patents for quick links and swipe to unlock.

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