After months of deliberation, the Supreme Court has reached a decision in Samsung and Apple’s design infringement case. Earlier today, the Supreme Court ruled Samsung only violated one component of Apple’s design patent instead of the entire device, meaning Samsung may not be forced to pay penalties.
In 2012, a jury ruled Samsung’s smartphone design infringed on three of Apple’s iPhone design patents, including rectangular shape, rounded corners and circular icons. This verdict led to an order for Samsung to forfeit all profits from the allegedly infringed design, about $548 million. Today’s ruling could significantly reduce the amount Samsung will pay.
This case is the first design patent to reach the Supreme Court in more than a decade and will likely serve as a benchmark for future tech design infringement disputes.