Google urges U.S. Supreme court overturn Apple v. Samsung patent infringement ruling

“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.”

Read more in the full article here.

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.

Samsung asks U.S. Supreme Court to throw out $399 million award to Apple for infringing patents – December 14, 2015
Samsung finally to pay Apple $548 million in damages for copying iPhone, but then try to wrest it back – December 4, 2015
Judge Lucy Koh orders Samsung to pay Apple $548 million for patent infringement – September 22, 2015
Appellate court rules judge Lucy Koh abused right of discretion by allowing Samsung to sell phones that infringed Apple patents – September 18, 2015
Serial copier Samsung slapped with permanent injunction for infringing Apple patents – September 17, 2015
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
How Google reacted when Steve Jobs revealed the revolutionary iPhone – December 19, 2013
What phones looked like before and after Apple’s revolutionary iPhone transformed the industry – February 8, 2012
Apple to ITC: Android started at Apple while Andy Rubin worked for us – September 2, 2011

MacDailyNews Note: Today is Martin Luther King Day in the U.S. and the markets are closed. As usual on such trading holidays, we will have limited posting today.


    1. iirc google indemnified samsung when they started using android, so i think google has to pay some amount of the award to samsung. can ypu say conflict of interest?

  1. “…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”

    Well, when _that_ time comes — when “absurd results” and “devastating impacts” are actually seen — then at that time Samsung, Google, and friends are entitled to file a lawsuit. And watch it take 5 years to work through the Justice System. These are the rules Apple was required to play by. Until that time, Samsung, Google, and friends should just suck it up. Like Apple did.

    Conflict Of Interest much — Samsung, Google, and Friends ??? You are talking out of both sides or your mouths.

  2. Yet another justification for my extreme hatred for Google, Facebook, HP and Samsung. Proud to boycott them all till the end of time. Never buy from them, ever.

      1. Pete, how familiar are you with commercial equipment, components and assembly operations. Been there 20 years myself. Samsung sells parts to everyone. Parts.

        Boycotting Samsung refers to not buying end items labeled “Samsung”. Believe it or not, totally different things.

  3. Dropping support of the Oscars… well – fans should double think this stand. I just destroyed my entire collection of Will Smith movies. Over twenty-five Dvds and BlueRay. And I will start a backlash and boycott of him and his families work. Boo hoo, Jada Pinkett Smith didn’t get a golden globe award for Fish in Batman. Both his children are pretty strange people anyways. What has he and his wife, corrupted these minors brains with. Will eventually shall become the Handcock lost hero he portrayed. Good luck with the segregation to the Oscars, less colour will only kick you in the ass man. And quitting like that certainly is no Martin Luther Jr. way of doing things. Poor attitude. Smiths. Bye bye.

  4. An amicus curiae is ‘someone who is not a party to a case and offers information that bears on the case, but who has not been solicited by any of the parties to assist a court’. Really Google? How could Google pretend to be a ‘non biased’ friend of the court in a case in which Android was front and center? Likely the Supreme court judges got a chuckle from this one.

  5. Google, Facebook and Hewlett Packard Enterprise are all just shocked that the courts actually got around to making a decision. They never believed that this would ever happen.

  6. As long as they don’t attempt to get rid of Facebook, thats more Americana than JFK and way more popular than a cancer ridden dead CEO or faggit CEO’s soft cock makkin on my balls

  7. Samsung so incredibly deserves the screwing it is getting. This is merely Gang-Up-Apple-Because-We-Suck-Too garbage.

    Apple richly deserves FAR more from Samsung’s long term barrage of ripoffs. Justice would be Apple being handed the equivalent of the value of Samsung’s mobile phone division.

  8. This is just another extension of Schmidt’s call for some Apple IP relating to touch technology to be made FRAND licensing and open for all to use without compensating Apple.
    Google – 21C snake oil salesmen.

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