The heated battle between SAMSUNG ELECT LTD (F) (OTCMKTS:SSNLF) and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) might turn cold following court decisions from ongoing legal proceedings.
A recent ruling by the court resulted in an incomplete win as the judged made a decision in favor of Apple. The decision places more advantage for the company in its efforts to seeknegotiations with Samsun, over their long fight over alleged design copying.
Samsung is said to have copied two patented features and two designs from Apple in some of the company’s earlier phone models. The judicial ruling was in favor of Apple, thus prompting Samsung to pay damages to the tune of $548 million. The court also stated that Apple’s case was more in favor of protecting the design and appearance of the iPhone devices. This means that the company is not eligible for remuneration under the U.S. Trademark laws.
The second argument might see the original suggested amount in damages reduced by an estimated $382 million. However, the decision in favor of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) gives the company the upper hand over any negotiations or talks that might transpire with Samsung.
So far, Samsung and Apple have terminated their perpetual patent wars with the exception of Monday’s issue and the second case that they still have to endure. According to a Law professor from the Villanova University School of Law by the name Michael Risch, the case is almost at its end point.
Risch said so with regards to the matter of the damages awarded on the design patents. He went ahead to state that if the companies were to decide that enough is enough, they already have an avenue to do that.
Though the Amount listed above is on the basis of the Judge’s inference, the amount was not officially listed. This means that the two still have to attend another court case over which the judge will carefully determine how much Samsung should pay. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) maintains that its fight is focused on its reputation rather than money.