Samsung has welcomed the decision in the US courts to reconsider the damages it must pay Apple as part of the long-running patent design case between the two firms.
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled on Monday that, while the original rulings in the case were correct, the damages issued relating to ‘trade dress’ patents, which were set at $382m, were overvalued and need amending.
“We affirm the jury's verdict on the design patent infringements, the validity of two utility patent claims, and the damages awarded for the design and utility patent infringements appealed by Samsung,” the court said.
“However, we reverse the jury's findings that the asserted trade dresses are protectable. We therefore vacate the jury's damages awards against the Samsung products that were found liable for trade dress dilution and remand for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.”
This will see the total damages Samsung must pay - currently set at $930m - drastically reduced, and Samsung welcomed this decision from the court as proof Apple's case had been overstated from the start.
"Today's decision shows that Apple's claims over trade dress and damages lack merit and are grossly exaggerated," it said in a statement.
"We remain confident that our products do not infringe on Apple’s design patents and other intellectual property, and we will continue to take all appropriate measures to protect our products.
V3 contacted Apple for a statement on the ruling but had received no reply at the time of publication.
The decision is the latest twist in a case that dates back to 2012. At that time a jury in the US ruled that Samsung had infringed on Apple’s design patent and issued damages to Apple of over $1bn.
Samsung appealed against this and the amount issued was revised down to $930m. Samsung appealed again, and it that effort was clearly worthwhile given the latest ruling by the court.
However, the decision by the court to uphold the ruling in Apple’s favour will no doubt be welcome by the firm, as it should draw a line under the case with regards to its claim that Samsung had copied its designs.
A copy of the ruling is embedded below having been uploaded by AppleInsider.
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