Apple, Samsung headed back to court for iPhone patent retrial

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Apple and Samsung’s bitter legal feud over the latter’s copying of the iPhone’s design has been going on for more than 6 long years and doesn’t look like it’ll end anytime soon. The latest development in the case occurred just a few days ago when a US judge ordered a brand new trial to decide just how much money needs to be paid out.

The Apple-Samsung saga began in 2011 and looked liked it was ending a few years later when the former won the case. The latter was ordered to pay more than $1 billion in damages which was later whittled down to $548 million. The South Korean brand actually paid its dues in 2015, but changed its mind and is now asking for $399 million back.

The earlier ruling had calculated its earnings based on the price of the handset. However, the Supreme Court later ruled that this was too broad and the damages should have been limited to components or parts that violated Apple’s patents, not the device as a whole.

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The latest development is a crushing blow to Apple as it had argued that a retrial was unnecessary. On the other hand, it’s a big victory for Samsung since it now has the opportunity to further reduce the amount of money it needs to fork over to its rival.

The results of this case could have huge ramifications in Silicon Valley. The issue at stake here is to determine how much the design influences the appeal of a product. Owners of design patents could sue for millions of dollars on products where looks are only one aspect of the whole if Apple wins outright.