The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Thursday reopened an old lawsuit between Apple and Samsung with the latter accused of copying from the design of the iPhone around six years ago.
With the case now officially reopened, the court will be tasked with determining just how much Samsung has to pay Apple after being found guilty of infringing upon at least some of Apple’s iPhone design patents. The previous $399 million damages judgment was overturned by the Supreme Court last month.
Those damages were calculated based on Samsung’s profit from the sale of any Galaxy smartphones deemed to infringe upon Apple’s patents, but the Supreme Court believed it did not have the required information to determine whether the amount should be based on the number devices sold, with the alternative being to use individual components such as the front bezel or the screen that were guilty of infringement.
In a statement after the Supreme Court ruling in December, Apple suggested that it would continue to pursue action against Samsung’s “blatant copying.”
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.
Lawsuits between Apple and Samsung used to be an almost daily occurrence not too long ago, but we did think that we had finally seen the back of them. With this case now having been reopened and the court again having to consider just what damages Samsung should pay to Apple, we find ourselves wondering whether we will ever truly be free from such shenanigans.
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