“After five years of litigation, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on Tuesday in the bitter patent dispute between the world’s two top smartphone manufacturers over the amount Samsung should pay Apple for copying the iPhone’s distinctive look,” Andrew Chung reports for Reuters. “The justices’ ruling, due by the end of June, could have a long-term impact for designers and product manufacturers going forward.”

“Samsung Electronics Co Ltd paid Apple Inc $548.2 million (£441 million) last December, fulfilling part of its liability stemming from a 2012 verdict for infringing Apple’s iPhone patents and copying its look,” Chung reports. “But Samsung will argue before the Supreme Court that it should not have had to make as much as $399 million of that payout for infringement of three patented designs on the iPhone’s rounded-corner front face, its bezel and the colourful grid of icons that represent programs and applications”

“It will be the Supreme Court’s first case involving design patents in more than 120 years, when the products at issue were carpets and rugs,” Chung reports. “Apple has said Samsung was properly penalized for ripping off its work. With the many years of fighting behind these fierce rivals, this case has become mostly about money, said Michael Risch, a professor at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. ‘The infringement has been affirmed, now it’s whether this huge judgment should be affirmed,’ he said.”

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MacDailyNews Take: It is not a “huge” judgement. In fact, it is a pittance compared to what was stolen from Apple by Google, Samsung, et al.

Thankfully, karma is currently at work on Samsung on recouping what the “justice system” failed to retrieve and meting out what “justice system” failed to punish. Hopefully, Google is next on karma’s docket.

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

Samsung Galaxy and Galaxy Tab Trade Dress Infringement

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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