“Tech giants such as Google, Facebook and Hewlett Packard Enterprise have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to take up Samsung’s appeal of its patent loss to Apple over the copying of iPhone technology,” Howard Mintz reports for The San Jose Mercury News.

“In ‘friend-of-the-court’ briefs made public on Monday, the companies warned the high court that the outcome against Samsung — which already has had to cut a check to Apple for more than $500 million for patent violations and faces the potential for more penalties — ‘will lead to absurd results and have a devastating impact on companies’ because of the long-term impact on how patent law is applied to technology products such as smartphones,” Mintz reports. “The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals last year rejected Samsung’s arguments in a ruling largely backing Apple — leaving the Supreme Court as the only legal option left for Samsung to try to overturn the adverse jury verdict.”

“Samsung appealed a San Jose jury’s August 2012 verdict that it violated Apple’s patent or trademark rights in 23 products, such as the Galaxy S2 smartphone, as well as about $930 million in damages awarded to the iPhone maker,” Mintz reports. “Another federal jury later found Samsung copied iPhone technology in more recent products but awarded $120 million in damages, a fraction of what Apple sought. That case also has been appealed to the Federal Circuit, which recently heard arguments and is expected to rule sometime this spring.”

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MacDailyNews Take: The main reason why Samsung et al. were able to sell phones and tablets at all was because they made fake iPhones and iPads designed to fool the unwitting (who are now finally waking up in droves, by the way) in much the same way as how Microsoft profited wildly from upside-down and backwards fake Macs at the end of the 20th century. Google, Samsung, HTC, Xiaomi, et al. are the Microsofts, HPs, Dells, and eMachines of the new century. At least the Apple IP thieves are seeing some punishment for doing so this time around, however meager it may be.

Apple’s products came first, then Samsung’s:

Samsung Galaxy and Galaxy Tab Trade Dress Infringement

For good measure, here’s what Google’s Android looked like before and after Apple’s iPhone:

Google Android before and after Apple iPhone

And, here’s what cellphones looked like before and after Apple’s iPhone:

cellphones before and after Apple iPhone

People who buy Android phones and tablets reward thieves.

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Samsung to petition Supreme Court to hear appeal in iPhone patent infringement case – August 19, 2015
Samsung denied rehearing in appeal over Apple iPhone patent infringement – August 14, 2015
Google, Facebook, Dell, HP, others take Samsung’s side in Apple patent fight – July 21, 2015
U.S. federal court rules anyone can copy the iPhone’s design – May 18, 2015
Up to 40 percent of Apple’s $930 million verdict against Samsung must be reconsidered – May 18, 2015
US appeals court reverses part of Apple’s $930 million verdict vs. Samsung – May 18, 2015
Before iPhone, Google’s plan was a Java button phone, Android docs reveal – April 14, 2014
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