Apple, Samsung Face Off Again in New Patent Dispute Trial

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Apple is arguing that not only should Samsung pay the entire $399 million (which applies specifically to the two patents mentioned above) but the original $1 billion because "article of manufacture" consists of the whole phone.

But Samsung's attorney, John Quinn, held up specific phone components - screens and displays - and told a jury that's where the infringement took place. This is without taking into consideration, the profits Samsung made from infringing two of Apple's utility patents, said Lee speaking to Bloomberg. The scope of Apple's design patents "are so very narrow" he said. Instead, the fight is about what damages Apple can extract from sales of an array of the Galaxy maker's devices that haven't been available in stores for years.

The trial over damages related to patent infringement also gives a look into how Apple designs its products. If the decision is in favor of Apple, Samsung will have no choice but to pay a hefty price for violating its patents.

The jury will only be ruling on what the appropriate amount Samsung should pay in damages should be, rather than whether any laws were infringed.

In the present case, Samsung was discovered liable of encroaching three outline patents. Shortly after, Koh asked the jury to leave again. "Samsung might want to say just because you have a design doesn't mean you own the world".

Apple is obviously arguing for the former, since the design and user interface of the iPhone plays an important part in why consumers bought it. Samsung is pushing for the latter, saying that customers purchased its devices for reasons other than looks, such as functionality. The justices ruled that in the case of a multi-component product like a smartphone, the infringing "article of manufacture" could be the entire phone-as Koh and the Federal Circuit had assumed-but it also might be just one or more of its components.The Supreme Court left it to the Federal Circuit to determine exactly what the infringing "article of manufacture" is on 18 models of Samsung smartphones.

Apple claims that the Korean giant infringed on as many as three of its patents and that the asking amount is what Apple thinks is equivalent to the profit made by Samsung off its patent designs.

The 289 statute in US code stipulates that anyone found guilty of design patent infringement must relinquish all profits they derived from the infringing product.

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