“Samsung Electronics Co. was rebuffed in its request for reconsideration of whether it infringed Apple Inc.’s patented designs for smartphones,” Susan Decker reports for Bloomberg. “The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington on Thursday denied a petition for a rehearing in the case, which was originally decided in May. A three-judge panel at that time upheld about $548 million worth of damages won by the iPhone maker. The case will now be sent back to the trial court in California to see the full amount Samsung will have to pay.”
“The patents relate to the iPhone’s front face, overall appearance and graphical interface. Apple said the designs were critical to success of the products and that Samsung copied the Apple designs to transform ‘bulky, walkie-talkie-like boxes’ into something that mimicked the iPhone,” Decker reports. “The appeals court still has to rule on a second trial involving different Apple patents. There are two appeals in that case. One is over the underlying liability finding and a second, argued in March, is over whether Apple is entitled to an order blocking sales of some Samsung products based on the infringement finding.”
“Samsung said it was disappointed in the court’s decision and pointed to its own history of new ideas. ‘For decades, we have invested heavily in developing revolutionary innovations in the mobile industry and beyond,’ Danielle Meister Cohen, a spokeswoman for Samsung, said in an e-mailed statement,” Decker reports. “‘We are confident that our products do not infringe on Apple’s design patents, and we will continue to take appropriate measures to protect our products and our intellectual property,’ said Meister Cohen.”
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