Third jury trial in Apple-Samsung battle postponed (for now)

A third jury trial in the eternal patent dispute between Apple and Samsung in a California court has been postponed, pending a review by the U.S. Supreme Court of the principle for the award of damages for infringement of design patents reports the IDG News Service.

The third trial in the case had been set for March 28 to reassess the damages to be paid by Samsung on five products that were earlier found to infringe certain Apple patents and dilute its trade dresses, which refer to the overall look and feel of the product. An appeals court had struck down the damages on trade dress dilution relating to these devices, as the court decided they weren’t protectable. However, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld damages for utility and design patent infringements by these products. 

Samsung has already paid about US$548 million conditionally in damages out of a total award to Apple of $930 million by a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The third jury trial was to reassess the remaining $382 million in damages. Samsung’s challenge in the Supreme Court, if successful, would impact $399 million in damages.

This is all part of the ongoing, global legal battle. Apple and Samsung have filed more than 30 lawsuits against each other across four continents. For example, Apple alleges that Samsung copied the slide-to-unlock technology of its iPhone and iPad devices.