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Patents: Apple to Samsung, the design of the iPhone costs you $1 billion

Patents News :- Jurors will have to decide whether Apple's patents apply to the entire phone or only to its components. Apple hopes to get Samsung to pay him a billion dollars. A compensation he demands in court after getting the Korean to be found guilty of violating three of his patents on the iPhone.


Eight years old, the case reached the damage phase and representatives of the two technology giants appeared this week in front of the jury to determine the final value of the amount owed by Samsung.

Apple "puts design before everything else"

The two companies disagree on the extent of Apple's patents. Do these protect part of the iPhone or the terminal in its entirety? Apple claims $1 billion to Samsung, the total amount of profits made through phones that violated three of Apple's design patents.

Samsung is trying to convince the jury to cap a much lower amount of damages, arguing that it should only have to pay for the specific components it infringes in every phone sold, such as borders and glass screen.

This position stems from a 2016 Supreme Court ruling, favorable to Samsung, and essential in the methodology for calculating the amount of harm in design patent infringements.

At the time, Samsung had to pay $548 million to Apple. The Supreme Court's view is that a product based on different components need not be considered a complete terminal in the assessment of damages. The penalty could be reduced to under $ 339 million.

Apple's lawyer, Bill Lee, has insisted jurors on the importance of design for Apple, which "puts design above all else". The patents infringed by Samsung concern the physical shape of the iPhone, the border and the colorful grid of icons.

Samsung's attorney, John Quinn, presented jury exhibits, noting that each was a manufactured article in itself and that there were "hundreds of manufactured items in a phone. "

"The only way for Apple to get $1 billion in damages is to say that the manufactured item applies to the entire phone," Quinn argued. "None of the patents are about the phone as a whole. "

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