September 2015 - Vol. 51, No. 9

Design Patent Damages Awards Under 'Apple v. Samsung'

On May 18, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued its opinion[1] in Apple v. Samsung, which affirmed that Samsung infringed upon Apple’s design and utility patents, upholding a damages award of over half a billion dollars.[2] The design patents at issue were the design of the iPhone’s front facing, including its rounded edges and those features extending to the phone’s bezel, as well as the “ornamental design for [the iPhone’s] … display screen,” all of which the court determined Samsung’s products infringed.[3]

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