The balance in the high profile smartphone proprietorship litigation case between Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (SSNLF) tilted in the former’s favor with the Washington, D.C., Federal Appeals court, the specialized U.S. establishment for reviewing patent appeals, upholding a majority of the 2012 federal ruling that awarded Apple $930 million in damages. Samsung’s appeal against the excessive monetary fine for using the "basic" design of rectangular with rounded corners flat and touch screen phone and asked for reduction by $382 million was accepted in principle by the court and up to 40% of the unprecedented damage will now be reconsidered.
In spite of losing its claim of "trade dress," the visual shape of iPhone, Apple is feeling vindicated and calls the highly anticipated ruling that established violations of many patent inventions of Apple IPhone by Samsung and its incorporation in a series of Samsung smartphones to boost sales, a victory for its intellectual property against the shameless copying of its innovative, simple, easy to use and elegant designs that were protected by patents. Following the decisive turn of events, representatives of Samsung chose not to comment on the guilty charges but welcomed the part of ruling favoring them and said they will continue to protect their own designs and patents. Continue Reading »