A patent battle has been happening between Apple and Samsung for seven years – and it doesn’t look like it will stop any time soon. The two smartphone manufacturers have been fighting over five patents owned by Apple, which Apple claim infringes on their intellectual property when Samsung created the original Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy S2, and the Droid Charge.
In previous hearings, the court decided that Samsung did infringe on the two utility patents, and fined the South Korean company $5.3 million USD. However, the bigger part of the lawsuit revolves around the three design patents, which includes a device with a black front, rounded corners, similarly curved surrounding bezels, and a colorful grid of icons.
Apple was originally seeking damages of $1.05 billion USD, however this was reduced to $399 million in 2015. This, along with the $5.3 million fine for the two utility patents, brings the total sum to $539 million USD that Samsung is ordered to pay Apple – as Samsung is required to make an additional payment of $140 million.
Samsung recently said “Today’s decision flies in the face of a unanimous Supreme Court ruling in favour of Samsung on the scope of design patent damages. We will consider all options to obtain an outcome that does not hinder creativity and fair competition for all companies and consumers.”