Apple v. Samsung: What's in it for Design?

May 19 2015 - 4:07pm

Global news outlets are reporting on a US federal appeals court decision that has left intact much of Apple's legal win against Samsung, but overturned one finding.

Reuters reports that on May 18, 2015, the Court upheld the patent infringement violations found by a federal jury in 2012, while reversing part of that $930 million verdict that Apple Inc. won against Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.

BloombergBusiness reports the Court found Apple's patented designs on its iPhones were copied by chief rival Samsung, but the Court ruled the overall look of the older iPhones' shape and screen can't be protected, and asked a lower court to reconsider the $382 million portion awarded for trade dress dilution.

According to Patently-O, "The big winner in this case, though, are design patents: the Federal Circuit rejected Samsung’s attempt to exclude functional features from the infringement analysis and affirmed the District Court’s award of Samsung’s total profits from the sale of the phones with the infringing design." Read more on

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