Fed. Circ.'s Apple Ruling Shows Power Of Design Patents

Law360, New York (May 18, 2015, 8:36 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit's ruling Monday that Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.'s smartphones infringed Apple Inc. design patents and that Apple is entitled to Samsung's entire profits from the infringing products shows how valuable design patents are and may fuel more suits over the overlooked type of intellectual property, attorneys say.

The appeals court upheld a jury verdict that Samsung infringed Apple's design patents covering the look of the iPhone, which accounted for much of the $930 million damages award in the case. The court rejected Samsung's argument that the damages should be based only on the part of its profits attributable to...

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