“Samsung Electronics Co Ltd asked a U.S. appeals court on Thursday to toss out an order that it pay Apple Inc $930 million for infringing on iPhone patents to make its Galaxy line of smartphones and tablets,” Diane Bartz reports for Reuters.
“Kathleen Sullivan, a lawyer with Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP who represents Samsung,” Bartz reports, “argued that the lower court erred in deciding that the design and trade dress patents were infringed because the Samsung phones did not carry an Apple logo, did not have a ‘home’ button like an iPhone and had speaker slots in different places than the Apple phones.”
“‘Apple was awarded Samsung’s total profits on those (Samsung) phones, which was absurd,’ she said, arguing that it was akin to awarding entire profits on a car because of an infringing cup holder,” Bartz reports. “Arguing for Apple, William Lee of the law firm Wilmer Hale disagreed. ‘This is not the cup holder,’ he said.”
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MacDailyNews Take: What was Samsung’s intent in making their inferior products look as close as possible to Apple’s?
To ride on (steal) Apple’s massive R&D investments in creating the modern day smartphone and tablet along with stealing Apple’s huge marketing investments that created and continue to create a huge market for both categories. Samsung is a thief, plain and simple.
In a just and moral world, Samsung would actually owe Apple multiple billions of dollars and nobody on the planet would patronize such a company, either. Sadly, we live in this world, where massive thievery goes virtually unpunished and where confused and/or morally-bankrupt ignorati reward thieves for their crimes.
Apple’s products came first, then Samsung’s:
Here’s what Google’s Android looked like before and after Apple’s iPhone: