“The U.S. Department of Justice asked the Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court ruling that had favored Apple Inc over Samsung Electronics Co Ltd in smartphone patent litigation, and asked that it return the case to the trial court for more litigation,” Dan Levine reports for Reuters. “Samsung had appealed a federal appeals court ruling to the Supreme Court, which agreed to hear the case. The Justice Department submitted its view in an amicus brief on Wednesday.”
“An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment, while Samsung told Reuters in a statement it welcomes ‘overwhelming support’ for overturning the appeals court ruling in favour of Apple from various parties including the U.S. government,” Levine reports. “‘If left uncorrected, the appeals court’s ruling could lead to diminished innovation, pave the way for design troll patent litigation and negatively impact the economy and consumers,’ the South Korean firm said.”
“The world’s top smartphone rivals have been feuding over patents since 2011, when Apple sued Samsung in Northern California alleging infringement of the iPhone’s patents, designs and trademarked appearance,” Levine reports. “Following a 2012 jury trial, Samsung was ordered to pay Apple $930 million. Samsung has been trying to reduce that figure ever since.”
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MacDailyNews Take: It must be nice for Apple to have the support of its home country’s federal government, huh?
Like much of the U.S. federal government, the current U.S. DOJ is a misguided joke.
The appeals court should reverse itself and reinstate the full verdict (which, in the first place, was a pittance compared to what was stolen). The jury has spoken!
The fact is that the main reason why Samsung et al. were able to sell phones and tablets at all was because they made fake iPhones and fake 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.
Apple’s products came first, then Samsung’s:
Here’s what Google’s Android looked like before and after Apple’s iPhone:
And, here’s what cellphones looked like before and after Apple’s iPhone:
People who buy Android phones and tablets reward thieves.
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