The US Court of Appeals has officially reopened a lawsuit pertaining to Samsung copying the original iPhone’s design, which initially began in 2011.
Apple and Samsung are both expected to return to the courtroom in coming weeks, as the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has officially reopened a longstanding lawsuit pertaining to allegations that Samsung copies the design of the original iPhone for the Galaxy S and future products.
The news follows an order of certiorari from the US Supreme Court and was shown in court documents that have been filed electronically.
The court’s objective is to determine the exact amount Samsung will owe Apple for infringing upon the iPhone’s patented design – specifically its rectangular front, rounded edges, and its grid of colourful app icons.
The return to the courtroom follows the news that the previous $399 million damages judgement that Apple was awarded was overturned by the US Supreme Court in December of 2016.
While Apple’s damages at the time were based on the group profit of infringing Galaxy smartphones, the Supreme Court ruled that it did not have sufficient information to clarify whether that amount should be based on the revenue accrued to the total device or whether the revenue accrued to individual components – such as the screen or bezel – should be measured.
Apple has released an emotive statement ahead of the coming judgement, citing that that issue has always been about “Samsung’s blatant copying of our ideas”. The full statement reads:
“The question before the Supreme Court was how to calculate the amount Samsung should pay for their copying. Our case has always been about Samsung‘s blatant copying of our ideas, and that was never in dispute. We will continue to protect the years of hard work that has made iPhone the world‘s most innovative and beloved product. We remain optimistic that the lower courts will again send a powerful signal that stealing isn‘t right.”
Other brands such as Calvin Klein and Norman Foster have filed an amicus brief in support of Apple under the argument that Apple is entitled to all profits associated from Samsung products with infringing designs.
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