Design Patent Damages Still Murky After $539M Apple Verdict

By Ryan Davis (May 30, 2018, 8:55 PM EDT) -- The damages retrial between Apple and Samsung had observers hoping for guidance on how much owners of design patents can win in damages following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, but Apple's $539 million victory makes that issue possibly even less clear, attorneys say.

Last week's verdict provided no information about how jurors calculated the amount of damages they ordered Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. to pay Apple Inc. for infringing smartphone patents, or how they applied the 2016 Supreme Court ruling in the case that was widely viewed as limiting the damages available for design patents.

Despite the high court decision, which...

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