Check out a transcript of Tuesday's Samsung v. Apple Supreme Court hearing
Samsung's position is that damages should be based on only the part of a device that was infringed on (as determined by a trial court) and not based on the total profits generated by the device. For example, if a trial court determines that a company infringed on a design patent for the home button of a phone, Samsung says that damages should be based on the home button only. Naturally, Apple has a conflicting point of view.
Apple says that the design of a product such as the iPhone, is important in determining how the product functions. The issue is confusing to jurors and Samsung says that allowing awards to be based on total sales of a product will invite more patent trolls to gum up the patent litigation system.
The goal of the Supreme Court in this case is to develop a set of rules that can be applied in future patent litigation involving design. It will not rule specifically on Apple v. Samsung. Check out the transcript of yesterday's arguments which can be found directly below.
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