Apple V. Samsung Could Spur 'Patent Trolls,' Tech Cos. Warn

Law360, Washington (August 2, 2016, 2:26 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court could spark a new wave of opportunistic design patent litigation by upholding Apple's $400 million infringement judgment against Samsung, major tech companies and public interest groups warned Tuesday, arguing the suit could give "patent trolls" another path to the courthouse.

At a National Press Club event Tuesday, representatives for amicus filers on the Supreme Court appeal sparred over whether nonpracticing entities and their attorneys will seek to add design patents to their portfolios if the justices uphold the century-old entire profits model of design patent damages. While public interest group Public Knowledge and the Computer & Communications...

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