Apple discourages Supreme Court from hearing Samsung patent petition, calls case ‘legally unexceptional’

“Apple this week attempted to dissuade the U.S. Supreme Court from hearing Samsung’s request for review in their ongoing patent infringement dispute, with Apple telling the highest court in America that the $548 million settlement does not deserve review,” Neil Hughes reports for AppleInsider.

“‘Samsung’s effort to make this case seem certworthy depends on a made-up narrative in which Samsung, not Apple, is the innovator, despite the overwhelming evidence that Samsung copied the iPhone’s innovative design,’ Apple’s attorneys wrote in the filing,” Hughes reports. “According to Apple, the original rulings in the iPhone maker’s favor ‘broke no new legal ground.’ Instead, the company argues, that they ‘simply applied the statute and well-settled law to the extraordinary record of infringement and copying’ committed by Samsung.”

Hughes reports, “Historically speaking, Samsung’s petition is a longshot — the Supreme Court typically does not hear them, and also has not heard a patent design case in 122 years.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: What happens when a company like Apple enters a market an totally disrupts it? Either the law is applied justly or the entire industry that faces annihilation bands together to steal Apple’s IP while working protect each other (buying patents for defense, filing amicus briefs, denial, running PR campaigns, buying advertising to create complicit media outlets, clouding the issue with specious claims, hatching legal maneuvers to draw out the process, etc.). This is what happened with the Mac. This is what happened with the iPhone. And, get ready, this is what will likely happen if Apple enters the vehicle market, too.

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 et al. 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 their crimes this time around, however meager it may be. The Supreme Court should refuse to hear the case.

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.

Google urges U.S. Supreme court overturn Apple v. Samsung patent infringement ruling – January 18, 2016
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


  1. Unfortunately, the supreme court is not watching after justice or law but what would affect the economy and what’s not.
    If they think that making samsung pay what it deserves for being such a blatant copycat will affect sales and taxes in the US, they will “invent” a way to let them get away with it and justice and the law will pass to second term.. or may be third.

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