US Supreme Court urged to review Apple v. Samsung patent feud
Jan 21, 2016 08:30 AM EST
The ongoing feud between Samsung and Apple just got even more interesting. The world’s leading smartphone and tablet manufacturers are now taking their series of patent lawsuits to the high court.
Government Technology reported that the US Supreme Court is being requested by tech giants like Google, Facebook and Hewlett Packard Enterprise to review Samsung’s appeal over it’s recent patent loss to longtime rival, Apple. The South Korean tech manufacturer lost for “copying” the technology of the iPhone in a recent court battle.
Google and co. said in a statement that the ruling against Samsung “will lead to absurd results and have a devastating impact on companies” since the patent law has a long-term effect when applied to high-tech products like smartphones. Samsung had to pay Apple $500 million for losing over patent violations, which may even blow up in bigger amount should the court orders for more penalties.
Samsung’s arguments were rejected by the US Federal Circuit Court of Appeals last year, making it a desperate move for Samsung to request the higher court’s ruling on their favor. Until now, the South Korean tech company maintains that the three-judge panel made a mistake when they agreed to a jury’s verdict in 2012 saying that their smartphones and tablets infringed Apple’s patents.
Meanwhile, the banning of Samsung devices from the US has been ruled by a California court earlier this week. According to a report from Techno Buffalo, the court ruled that Samsung can no longer develop or sell software that copies Apple patents including: autocorrect, slide to unlock and data detection.
Samsung released a statement via Bloomberg following this latest development, and they expressed how “very disappointed” they are for the court’s decision.
“While this will not impact American consumers, it is another example of Apple abusing the judicial system to create bad legal precedent, which can harm consumer choice for generations to come,” they added.
The US Supreme Court was asked by Samsung to hear their appeal last month, allowing them to give their opinion in one of the most controversial feuds in the tech industry today. The ban, meanwhile, will go into effect after 30 days.