Sam­sung to ap­peal to US high court in Ap­ple case

The China Post - - WORLD BUSINESS -

South Korean tech­nol­ogy com­pany Sam­sung is fil­ing a pe­ti­tion to the U.S. Supreme Court in its lon­grun­ning patent in­fringe­ment case against Ap­ple, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

The pe­ti­tion is be­ing filed af­ter an ap­peals court up­held part of a rul­ing by a Cal­i­for­nia jury that found patent in­fringe­ment by Sam­sung, or­der­ing the com­pany to pay some US$930 mil­lion in dam­ages to its Amer­i­can ri­val.

The pe­ti­tion “will present at least two sub­stan­tial ques­tions con­cern­ing de­sign-patent li­a­bil­ity and dam­ages,” and be filed by Novem­ber, the court doc­u­ments filed Wed­nes­day said.

Most pe­ti­tions to the Supreme Court are not taken up by the body.

Sam­sung re­cently won a vic­tory af­ter a re­cal­cu­la­tion was or­dered for a por­tion of the dam­ages, but the com­pany’s coun­sel asked those pro­ceed­ings to be halted pend­ing the Supreme Court pe­ti­tion.

The re­cal­cu­la­tion could af­fect as much as US$382 mil­lion of the award to Ap­ple, which was on grounds the South Korean elec­tron­ics gi­ant hurt Ap­ple’s im­age by copy­ing de­sign fea­tures of the iPhone.

Many tech com­pa­nies are in­volved in patent dis­putes around the world, but the Ap­ple-Sam­sung case has drawn unique at­ten­tion as they are both lead­ers in the smart­phone and com­puter mar­ket.

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