15:1125 Trademark Infringement (Lanham Act)
Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. have reached a settlement in their epic smartphone patent feud, but several rulings during the seven-year dispute will have a lasting legacy. Here’s a look back at some key decisions in the case and their influence on patent law.
Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. reached a settlement Wednesday in their hotly contested smartphone patent dispute, closing the book on the seven-year case one month after a California jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple $538.6 million in damages.
Two weeks after a California federal jury ruled that Samsung must pay Apple $539 million for infringing its smartphone patents, Samsung asked the court on Thursday to grant it judgment as a matter of law or hold a new trial, and reimburse it $145 million for damages it paid Apple on an invalid touch-screen patent.
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.
A unanimous eight-member California federal jury held Thursday that Samsung owes Apple Inc. $538.6 million for infringing design and utility patents covering smartphone technology in a landmark patent case that made it all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Following closing arguments Friday, the five women and three men of a California federal jury filed out of a San Jose courthouse for a weekend break with a billion-dollar question hanging in the air: How much in damages must Samsung pay Apple for infringing its smartphone design and utility patents?
U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh on Thursday ordered Quinn Emanuel attorneys representing Samsung to provide the flight itinerary and boarding pass of a witness they suddenly dropped after Apple rested its case in a billion-dollar California patent damages trial, saying she wants to see if they're "playing games." A trial between Apple and Samsung played out all week in a San Jose courtroom, closing Friday. Here's one of our top-read stories on the proceedings from this week.
U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh threatened Wednesday to admonish Samsung's counsel from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP in front of a jury deciding how much Samsung owes for infringing Apple smartphone patents, calling a line of questioning posed to an Apple witness “very improper" and "intentionally done.”
Apple told an eight-member jury during opening statements in a high-profile California federal damages trial Tuesday that Samsung owes it more than $1 billion for infringing three of Apple's design patents covering iPhones, while Samsung pegged the number at just $28 million.
Attorneys for Apple and Samsung traded juror challenges on Monday at the start of a high-profile California federal trial to determine how much Samsung owes for infringing five of Apple's design and utility patents, winnowing 74 candidates down to a final panel of eight.