After the latest retrial, Samsung, Apple and Intel are scheduled to stand together in the USA trade watchdog FTC's suit against Qualcomm for the latter's alleged attempt to charge its customers for patented technology that it did not actually use.
It's been going on for years, the ongoing battle between Samsung and Apple is back in a US Court and the two component buddies, are at each other's throat. "But they're both taking a risk that the jury won't go their way".
But senior director of design at Apple Richard Howarth argues Samsung "blatantly ripped off" the iPhone's design with its early Galaxy phones.
In the six years between then and now, the two companies have been duking it out in the courts to determine whether Samsung needs to pay damages based on the total value of the iPhone it copied or just a fine based on the design elements of the phone it nicked. Samsung says the latter - and is urging the jury to limit damages to $28 million (roughly Rs. 190 crores).
Long gone into smartphone history some say it's now Apple who is copying Samsung technology in their iPhones.
In regards to iPhone in particular, he said that Apple put itself on the line with the device. The original jury in 2012 awarded $1.049 billion for infringement of Apple design and utility patents and for trade dress dilution. He also argued that the phone industry as a whole was moving toward screen-focused phones in 2007, and that the iPhone was not the first or only phone with a prominent screen design.
The U.S. Supreme Court, which took up the Apple-Samsung patent fight in 2016 after a series of appeals, ruled on a narrow aspect of the case by finding juries and judges can look at discrete articles of manufacture, or components of a product, when assessing damages.
The case is Apple v. Samsung Electronics Co., 11-cv-01846, US District Court, Northern District of California (San Jose).
The Motorola foldable smartphone, which folds out into a tablet, appeared in a patent filed to WIPO. For Samsung, this is good news because it could mean an even lower award than the $400 million. The design patents that Samsung infringed concern the physical shape that would become the iPhone, the bezel, and the colorful grid of icons. But she's blocked Apple's argument that the phones should be viewed from the perspective of a "designer of ordinary skill in the art", saying there's no basis for importing the "person of ordinary skill in the art" to the design context.