United States Supreme Court
Samsung Electronics Co. v. Apple Inc., 15-777
In a patent infringement case in which a jury found that various smartphones manufactured by Samsung infringed design patents owned by Apple that covered a rectangular front face with rounded edges and a grid of colorful icons on a black screen, and in which Apple was awarded $399 million in damages (Samsung's entire profit from the sale of its infringing smartphones), the Federal Circuit's decision affirming the damage award is reversed and remanded where, In the case of a multicomponent product, the relevant 'article of manufacture' for arriving at a 35 U.S.C. section 289 damages award need not be the end product sold to the consumer but may be only a component of that product.
- Published 2016/12/06
- United States Supreme Court