The US Supreme Court has reversed Apple’s $399 Million Dollar award for infringement of three Apple design patents. The Supreme Court found that the damages award was incorrectly based upon an interpretation that the “article of manufacture” covered by the design patents must be the entire smartphone as opposed to a component of the phone. The Supreme Court remanded the case back to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to determine if the article of manufacture should be the entire phone or a component thereof. Thus, the Court of Appeals will decide the issue of how the damages should be measured for Samsung’s infringement of Apple’s design patents.
Prepared by: Nick Mesiti, Managing Partner