Apple v. Samsung lawsuit over iPhone patents officially reopened

“The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Thursday reopened a longstanding patent lawsuit related to Samsung copying the design of the iPhone nearly six years ago, following an order of certiorari from the U.S. Supreme Court, according to court documents filed electronically this week,” Joe Rossignol reports for MacRumors.

“The court will seek to determine the exact amount Samsung owes Apple for infringing upon the iPhone’s patented design, including its rectangular front face with rounded edges and grid of colorful icons on a black screen,” Rossignol reports. “The previous $399 million damages judgment was overturned by the Supreme Court last month.”

“It will now be up to the appeals court to decide,” Rossignol reports. “Apple last month said the lawsuit, ongoing since 2011, has always been about Samsung’s ‘blatant copying’ of its ideas, adding that it remains optimistic that the U.S. Court of Appeals will ‘again send a powerful signal that stealing isn’t right.'”

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 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:

Samsung Galaxy and Galaxy Tab Trade Dress Infringement

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.

Interns, Tap Those Kegs!

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  1. The REAL reason is because of the 5-year exclusive contract with Cingular (now known as AT&T) which created the void that other carriers couldn’t sell the iPhone. I believe that if other carriers had had access then android fakes would never have gotten a foothold.

    1. The AT&T exclusive was because the other three national carriers flatly rejected Apple’s terms for allowing iPhone use on their networks. The carriers demanded the ability to superimpose their own user interfaces and proprietary software on top of iOS, just as they had with all their other phone suppliers up to that point.

      Steve Jobs would not agree to compromise the user experience that had been designed to optimize the utility and enjoyment of Apple’s hardware and software. Eventually, he sold AT&T on the concept, but they would only agree to Steve’s terms if they received exclusivity as the price of their noninterference.

      So, if not for the exclusive contract, the iPhone as we know it would never have seen the light of day at all. We would still be using flip phones.

      1. It’s a shame we can’t have Government resources allocated the way Steve did at Apple. Focus on a few things and do them really well.

        As a traditional conservative I do want a smaller Government. But what remains of that Government I would like to see function very well. We should want smart people in Government. Government service should be seen as a position of excellence, where the best and the brightest might be interested in pursuing a promising career. But it isn’t seen that way and most anyone with an ounce of intelligence knows to stay far away and remain in the private sector, which explains a lot about our current crop of politicians. It’s difficult to figure out how to reverse this when so many Government agencies are more interested in empire building and growing the ranks rather than delivering first class service to their constituent customers.

    1. Holding one design patent and ammending two more i kniw from experience of the defendability. As far as not stoppinig, samsung will not stop stealing no matter what the courts say. No matter how much apple sues. Samsung is not going to change for any decision by a court. So one star me you weak spongeheads

  2. Let’s see how long it will last this time before MDN’s censorship comes in play (Like the 3 last times I posted it):
    As an answer to MDN’s obsessional compulsive behavior… Here are some other “proofs”

    Apple purposely cheating on ratios

    Apple’s iPhone first prototype:

    1. This is more about the oriental cultural value of ‘saving face’ than it is about whether Samsung is a serial copyist. Samsung would like to call themselves “a fast follower’ and somehow think that that is OK rather than being called a cheater by the courts. Come on Samsung, admit what you are and get on with making products that are not copies of successful products.

  3. Samsung needs to be slapped with billions of dollars in punitive damages. If not, they’ll just keep infringing patents, selling knockoffs, and stealing sales. A few million to pay is a paltry sum when profits are in the billions.

  4. Then This Happened:

    Prosecutors seek Samsung arrest warrant
    South Korean prosecutors are seeking an arrest warrant for Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee over allegations of bribery, perjury and embezzlement.

    Arrest warrant for Samsung boss in Korean presidential scandal

    Representatives of Samsung have called for the investigations to proceed without jailing Lee as it will negatively impact their business and the nation’s economy.

    But Lee Kyu-chul, spokesman for the special prosecution, said the national economy is important, but “justice” is more so.

    Investigators believe Lee was involved in around $40 million in bribes that the conglomerate paid to Choi via Samsung Electronics.

    Karma hits Samsung again, again, again… :-D💕💘💋

    1. And look, another Samsung IoT PWN hack:

      It’s shockingly easy to hijack a Samsung SmartCam camera
      Web management interface susceptible to command-execution bug.

      It’s only the latest critical vulnerability to hit an Internet-connected camera. Over the past 16 months, the Internet of things—the name given to everyday appliances that are given network-management capabilities—has emerged as one of the weakest parts of the Internet ecosystem. Among other things, the devices are becoming the engines that run next-generation botnets attacks that a few years ago were almost unimaginable. As the Samsung SmartCam exploit demonstrates, Internet-of-things insecurities also pose a major security and privacy threat to owners.

      …There’s no indication yet if the manufacturer has any plans to issue a proper patch. Representatives didn’t respond to an e-mail seeking comment for this post.

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