Samsung takes patent appeal to U.S. Supreme Court


Following the rejection last week of Samsung’s appeal to have its iPhone patent infringement judgement overturned, the San Jose Mercury News reports that the South Korean tech company now plans to appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, the only legal recourse left open to it at this point. An 2012 jury verdict had ruled that Samsung violated Apple’s iPhone patents, originally resulting in a judgement of more than $1 billion against Samsung, although the amount was later reduced. In court papers filed this week, Samsung’s legal team wrote that “the questions present issues of enormous importance to patent litigation and the scope of innovation, especially in high-technology industries.” Other major Silicon Valley companies such as Google, Facebook, and Hewlett-Package had also backed Samsung’s appeal, and are also expected to weigh in to persuade the Supreme Court to hear the case. A decision by the Supreme Court as to whether or not to take the case may not come until the end of its term next June, however.

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