Cough up $1bn for using our iPhone designs — Apple to Samsung

Apple and Samsung back in court over seven-year patent feud

Apple and Samsung are confronting each other in a California court for a third trial including a similar arrangement of five patents. The devices over which it was sued are no longer on sale and yet the case has dragged on since then but lawsuits and countersuits being filed by both companies.

Despite the high-profile court battle, Samsung keeps maintaining complex business relations with Apple. Now, Apple lawyer Bill Lee is much determined to find out how Apple can recover back or collect the damage from Samsung.

As Samsung had made a total of $1 billion in profit and $3.3 billion in revenue by selling millions of smartphones, it's fair that Apple's three design patents receive $1 Billion as a damage recovery sum amount. Apple was originally awarded $1.05bn in 2012 after a jury found the South Korean firm had infringed several of the iPhone's innovations. Samsung, meantime, has requested the jury to restrict damages to $28 million. Apple thinks so, but on Tuesday, in a patent suit with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake, the company's lawyers faced off against a Samsung legal team that argued otherwise.

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This case will continue for months to come and the tech industry will certainly be watching closely to see what the court rules in this case that's going to set a big precedent for an industry where patent violation cases are a dime a dozen.

The trial first erupted in 2011, just a year after Apple released the original iPhone 4. The scope of Apple's design patents "are so very narrow" he said. However, after a 2013 retrial and other appeals, the financial damages were reduced, Bloomberg reported. While Apple says that it constitutes the entire phone, Samsung disagrees, asserting that it could be applied specifically to separate components within a phone.

The latest trial kicked off in San Jose, Calif., after a judge previous year found the jury instructions in the original 2012 trial misstated the law and ordered a new trial.

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The three design patents in this case relate to the iPhone's distinctive design features - including the phone's black rectangular face, the stainless-steel rim that surrounds the face (called a bezel) and the graphical user interface that appears on the screen when the phone is turned on. It "does not exist apart from, and can not be separated from, the infringing Samsung phones."Koh will let Kare and other Apple experts cite evidence from the first trial of Samsung's deliberate copying of the iPhone design".

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