Saturday January 14, 2017

Apple Vs. Samsung Lawsuit Over iPhone Design Officially Reopened

Six years ago, Apple sued Samsung because they dared to make a phone with rounded edges and colorful icons. The fruit company never got their $399 million in damages, but they are still fighting to decide how much they are rightfully owed.

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The court will seek to determine the exact amount Samsung owes Apple for infringing upon the iPhone's patented design, including its rectangular front face with rounded edges and grid of colorful icons on a black screen. The previous $399 million damages judgment was overturned by the Supreme Court last month. Apple's damages were calculated based on Samsung's entire profit from the sale of its infringing Galaxy smartphones, but the Supreme Court ruled it did not have enough info to say whether the amount should be based on the total device, or rather individual components such as the front bezel or the screen.