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Apple v. Samsung: What Does it Really Mean for Consumer Product Companies?

In 2011, Apple sued Samsung in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.) alleging that several Samsung smartphones infringed utility and design patents owned...more

Remand to District Court to Attempt to Identify “Article of Manufacture” for Design Patent Damages

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing the design patent battle between Apple and Samsung on remand from the Supreme Court of the United States, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit declined to apply the new standard or to order specific...more

The Apple May Not Fall Far from the Fashion Industry

by Knobbe Martens on

In 2011, Apple sued Samsung alleging among other things that various portions of Samsung smartphone products infringed claims of certain design patents owned by Apple (Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.). In 2012,...more

Apple v. Samsung: The Parties Weigh in on Next Steps

On Tuesday, December 6, 2017, the United States Supreme Court issued its first opinion in a design patent case in more than 120 years. In the long-running smartphone saga between Apple and Samsung, the issue before the...more

New Lawsuits Challenge Qualcomm’s Allegedly Anticompetitive Patent Practices

by Perkins Coie on

The Federal Trade Commission filed suit last week in federal court against Qualcomm, Inc., following its investigation launched in September 2014. The FTC alleges that the semiconductor manufacturer illegally maintained a...more

IP Cases to Watch in 2017

The New Year brings excitement and anticipation of changes for the best. Some of the pending patent cases provide us with ample opportunity to expect something new and, if not always very desirable to everybody, at least...more

IP Law December Developments: What to Expect in the Future

by Farella Braun + Martel LLP on

December has been a hot month for IP law, with important developments in several cases that may significantly impact your intellectual property prosecution and enforcement strategies. Here is a brief summary of each of these...more

For Design Patent Damages, “Article of Manufacture” Not Necessarily Entire End Product

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Justice Sotomayor, writing for a unanimous Supreme Court of the United States, held that for purposes of determining damages for design patent infringement under 35 USC § 289, the relevant “article of manufacture” may include...more

U.S. Supreme Court Substantially Devalues Design Patent Damages on Multicomponent Products: What Design Patent Holders Need to...

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court in a unanimous 8-0 opinion reversed and remanded to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit an award to Apple, Inc. of $399 million of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.'s total profits on...more

Intellectual Property Law - December 2016

Design Patents—Supreme Court Decides Samsung v. Apple - Why it matters: On December 6, 2016, the Supreme Court decided Samsung v. Apple, holding that, for purposes of a "total profits" damages award for infringement of a...more

SCOTUS clarifies damages analysis for design patents, reversing landmark damage award

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In another rebuke of the Federal Circuit, the Supreme Court reversed an appellate decision that upheld an award of almost $400 million resulting from Samsung’s alleged infringement of three design patents covering aspects of...more

Samsung Secures 8-0 Win in the Supreme Court Reversing Apple's $400 Million Damage Award

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The Supreme Court of the United States handed Samsung a victory yesterday by reversing a $400 million judgment previously won by Apple for infringement of several of Apple's design patents. In a unanimous 8-0 decision, the...more

Supreme Court Signals Shift in Approach to Damages in Design Patent Infringement Cases

by K&L Gates LLP on

In its first design patent case in over a century, the Supreme Court on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, reversed a damages award Apple Inc. (“Apple”) had won over Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (“Samsung”) in their protracted...more

Supreme Court Takes Small Bite of Apple, Leaves Bigger Questions Aside on Design Patent Damages

A unanimous Supreme Court held in Samsung Electronics Co. v. Apple Inc. that Section 289 of the Patent Act does not demand that the entire, infringing end-user product be the basis for determining damages for design patent...more

For Design Patent Damages 'Article of Manufacture’ Not Necessarily Entire End Product

by McDermott Will & Emery on

A unanimous US Supreme Court held that for purposes of determining damages for design patent infringement under 35 U.S.C. §289, the relevant “article of manufacture” may include either the end product sold to the consumer or...more

Supreme Court Gives Samsung an Early Christmas Present – For Now: eDiscovery Case Law

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We almost made it the entire year without an update on the ubiquitous Apple v. Samsung case. Thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court, this long lasting case isn’t done yet....more

Supreme Court Vacates $399M Design Patent Damage Award, Finding an Article of Manufacture for Damage Purposes is Not Necessarily...

In Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. v. Apple Inc., 580 U.S. ____ (2016), the Supreme Court reversed the award of $399,000,000 for infringement of Apple’s design patents covering the iPhone (U.S. Patent Nos. D618677, D593087, and...more

Apple v. Samsung – A Smartphone is More than Just a Pretty Face

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

Since their initial release, smartphones have been a hot commodity with intense competition. One particularly contentious issue has been their appearance. During early development, Apple, Inc. (“Apple”) obtained several...more

Supreme Court Rules Against Apple in Design Patent Case with Samsung, Remands to Federal Circuit to Formulate Test for Identifying...

by Mintz Levin on

Yesterday, the Supreme Court held that the relevant “article of manufacture” for arriving at a damages award for design patent infringement need not be the end product sold to the consumer, but may be only a component of that...more

The Sum of the Parts ? the Whole? SCOTUS on Samsung v Apple

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously overturned a $400 million damages award against Samsung for infringing Apple's smartphone design patents. In a decision that upsets a long-standing rule for calculating damages for design...more

Supreme Court Changes Standard for Determining Damages for Design Patent Infringement

by Burr & Forman on

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. v. Apple Inc. (No. 15-777) - In the closely-watched Samsung v. Apple case, the Supreme Court today issued a landmark ruling that changed the long-standing rule for calculating damages for...more

Practical Implications from the Federal Circuit’s Rare en Banc Reversal in Apple v. Samsung

by K&L Gates LLP on

In a precedential opinion issued en banc on Friday, October 7, 2016, the Federal Circuit overturned a panel decision, affirming and reinstating the district court’s judgment and the jury’s verdict. The majority opinion...more

Smartphone Patent War: En Banc Federal Circuit Rebukes Earlier Panel Decision and Reinstates Jury Verdicts for Apple against...

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In its October 7 en banc decision in Apple v. Samsung, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, without benefit of en banc briefing, issued an unusual opinion overturning a panel decision for the purpose of...more

Federal Circuit May Invalidate 30,000 Patents in Immersion v. HTC

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Procrastinating patent prosecution attorneys took notice when Delaware District Court Judge Richard G. Andrews threw out the longstanding accepted practice that a continuation application may be filed on the issue date of a...more

The Smart Phone Patent Saga Continues - Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., et al.

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In a case involving suits, countersuits and multiple appeals by the two giants of the mobile phone space, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed a jury’s finding of infringement, voiding the accompanying...more

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