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U.S. Supreme Court will hear Samsung appeal over Apple design patent case

posted Mar 21, 2016, 12:33 PM by Edmund Xie   [ updated Mar 21, 2016, 12:33 PM ]
The legal battle between Apple and Samsung over an alleged design patent infringement is going all the way to the US Supreme Court. The US Supreme Court has issued its decision to hear the case this morning.

This is big news, because the US Supreme Court has not heard a design patent case in more than a century. The last design patent case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court was in 1872 in a case involving an ornamental design for silverware handles.
 
The hearing will only consider a single question in Samsung’s appeal, which asks whether, where a design patent is applied to only a component of a product, an award of infringer’s profits should be limited to those profits attributable to the component.