Supreme Court refuses to hear Samsung appeal on Apple patent infringements

Supreme Court refuses to hear Samsung appeal on Apple patent infringements
Samsung's attempt to appeal a 2016 U.S. Court of Appeal verdict against it at the Supreme Court, has been turned down by the highest court in the land. As a result, Samsung will not get a chance to overturn part of the original verdict that found Samsung guilty of infringing on patents belonging to rival Apple. The patents covered some popular features on early iPhone models, such as 'Slide to unlock,' autocorrect, and quick links. The latter turns phone numbers and addresses into links.

Samsung was hoping to get a $119.6 million verdict against it overturned. A three-judge panel originally overturned it, but the ruling was flipped once more after all 11 judges sitting on the patent court heard the case. In its filing to the Supreme Court, Samsung said that the patent court judges failed to follow the proper process by not hearing oral arguments or considering other documents related to the case.

For its part, Apple asked for the original verdict to stand, stating that there is nothing important for the Supreme Court to review based on Samsung's filing. The Trump administration agreed with Apple.

The Supreme Court last December tossed a $399 million award that Samsung had to pay Apple for copying certain designs of the Apple iPhone. Samsung said that it shouldn't have to pay $399 million just to use rounded corners, bezels and an icon grid. That case now returns to district court.

source: Reuters

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39 Comments

1. samgsam

Posts: 141; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

This doesn't come as a surprise because Apple is too important to US and their courts will do anything to protect it.

6. Hollowmost

Posts: 414; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

No just no ....

12. kevin91202

Posts: 640; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

Exactly.

2. Peacetoall unregistered

Always respect the outcome.

4. Hollowmost

Posts: 414; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

Samsung today officially announced the top notch haircut

5. peace247 unregistered

This is the only reason why i hate apple...hypocrites

8. toukale

Posts: 605; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

You many not like Apple, but there is no denying that they are vastly responsible for the boomed in the mobile industry this past decade and still going. Everyone is still using their template with normal technological improvements we typically get. There is no denying everyone copy them early on. Google practically clone ios and made it more open for all the oem's to use. I don't even want to think how crappy everything non ios would have been if Google did not do what they did. Can you imagine all those oem's trying to create an os to compete with Apple?

9. kiko007

Posts: 7469; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You're blaming Apple for a court decision?

11. Peacetoall unregistered

Firebird is just spewing non sense he thinks judges were bribed to drop the case in favor of apple.

23. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

They dont have to be bribed. Apple is a US company. Apple lost it cases vs Samsung outside the US. Apple was also found guilty of such vs Samsung amd Obama vetoed it. So the poster actually has a legit reason to feel as he does.

25. AxelFoley

Posts: 537; Member since: May 30, 2017

You do realize that in order for Obama to veto that ITC decision, the judges at the ITC had to decide in Samsung's favor, right? That kind of destroys your point. And, Obama vetoed the punishment, not the decision. The punishment was a complete ban of the iPhone 4, in which all 4 US carriers signed affidavits on Apple's behalf. Speaking of bans, Apple also won bans against Motorola in Europe, which Moto was a US company at the time. Apple abused the broken patent system, which is broken internationally. Here in the US, Apple has asked for about 20 billion in damages from Samsung and are going to end up getting a total of 400 million. Their legal fees are rumored to be more than the damages they're actually getting. US judges have invalidated almost all of the patents Apple used in its suits. Hence, Apple has moved on from patent suits to making phones with notches. So, I'd say Apple has been taught a lesson with the US judicial system. So, conspiracy theories on bribed judges based on absolutely no facts are as ridiculous as your spelling.

39. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

The ITC ban was cajsed becausw Apple was found infringing. OBAMA ues vetoes the ban. Apple was still found guilty and yet they were not ordered to pay Samsung anything.

16. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Apple could be blamed for starting this vaudeville! Because when Apple first came to smartphone business , they have nothing there, and must pay Samsung many patents to use. Other OEMs have also patents and they exchange patents , so no one pays. But Apple had NOTHING.(and still have nothing) in real tech. So they figure out, that could fight with Samsung with 'rectangle' and 'round corners' ''patents''. Hoping, if they win, will exchange too. Well US economy count on Apple , so US court help Apple too,and US media are the most powerful(at least before Trump) so to cover Apple's BS Make the math.

24. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

US economy does not count on Apple. Apple has zero effect on US GDP. That is fact. Samsung is 17- 20% of its countires GDP. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2015/01/30/apple-is-0-5-of-us-gdp-0-15-of-global-gdp/amp/#ampshare=https://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2015/01/30/apple-is-0-5-of-us-gdp-0-15-of-global-gdp/ 0.5% is basically ZERO Samsung was at near 20%. It was down to 17% Q1 of 2017. Still way more than Apple.

26. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

LOL I'll make it easier for you. I'm not talking about raw income. Lets imagine that Samsung smash Apple on the market(otherwise Apple is already beaten by Samsung on the tech), and Apple's stock fall deep down as they should($20/30). What will happen with the US market? Please tell me,

29. AxelFoley

Posts: 537; Member since: May 30, 2017

Probably the same thing as when Lehman Brothers, Buick, Enron, Circuit City, and Standard Oil died; nothing. Apple is not a big contributor to the US economy. They employ almost as many people in Ireland as they employ in the US. As correctly stated before, Apple doesn't make up a fraction of a percent of the US GDP. In the US, corporations come and go. Only their major shareholders would miss them. The stock market is not the economy. Especially the stock of one company.

31. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

"The stock market is not the economy.'' Agree(somehow) But lets think: Apple is the biggest stock. Right? And there are many companies, rich ppl, and fonds, politicians, keeping their money- even state companies. Now imagine they all lost that money? And all the millions common ppl with few stocks, too? So how this will affect the US economy?. Think! Now, my first point was, that there is a reason Apple to be supported. (biggest and easiest to manipulate Pyramid in the World) And I'm right, - you are wrong.

34. ph00ny

Posts: 1986; Member since: May 26, 2011

tech sector will go down as a whole but it will eventually correct itself. Also apple going down will probably not going to happen in our life time

38. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

considering samsung has a military branch in south korea and manufacture almost everything ofc they're a much bigger company than apple for their respective country

13. kevin91202

Posts: 640; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

So an American court ruled in favor of an American company? No way! /s

14. ph00ny

Posts: 1986; Member since: May 26, 2011

Let's not forget that ITC's ban on Apple was veto'd by the president himself

15. hazard1

Posts: 230; Member since: Feb 11, 2017

Exactly! You beat me to it.

18. Peacetoall unregistered

Was it veto'd by current president

35. ph00ny

Posts: 1986; Member since: May 26, 2011

President Obama veto'd it. If it was a company out of super power country like China, he probably wouldn't have even considered the veto

22. markobarko

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

Apple is not paying taxes to usa, so it is not important to usa.

27. Phullofphil

Posts: 1740; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

It’s all the free trade agreements that are alowing products to come into this company non taxed but at the same time I just paid over a hundred dollars in tax to buy the new iPhone so there is some taxes being paid just not enough and not by Apple.

28. Phullofphil

Posts: 1740; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Samsung copied Apple and for the most part are getting away with it even though they should not be. They could have easily come up with different ways. It’s somthing that’s proven since everything is different now. Apple is an American company and like Microsoft I am proud of that except they just don’t build stuff here

30. AxelFoley

Posts: 537; Member since: May 30, 2017

From the article, slide to unlock, autocorrect, and quick links are what Apple sued over. All of these Apple patents have been invalidated because Apple copied them, which you don't want to admit and don't seem to upset about them getting away with.

32. tedkord

Posts: 17093; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Its not theft when Apple does it. Its being a great artist. They've been great artists since the GUI.

33. Cyberchum

Posts: 1011; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

In this case, what did they really copy? The invalidated patents or what? Why is it that some people won't just use their brains? Think… fanboy, think!

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