Patent: Apple’s Damages Cut in Appeal
It looks like the patent was between Apple and Samsung has taken another turn. The battle begun in 2012 and ended with a jury ruling for Apple and ordered Samsung to pay USD$1 billion in damages. Due to a mistake by the jury on one part of the decision, the sum was reduced to about USD$900 million. Now however, it looks like the American appeals court is looking to reverse a huge chunk of the decision. According to Bloomberg Business, the South Korean tech giant did not violate the “trade dress” and hence, the damages should be reduced even further.
Trade dress is basically the ways which any product is packaged and presented to consumers. The main point the Appellate court was trying to make is that Apple cannot patent protect its overall look. It can only patent features of the smartphone.
The reduction seems to be tally to USD$382 million which still leaves Samsung owing Apple USD$548 million. However, there is a risk that the court may recalculate the whole sum instead of just reducing it.