The high-stakes world of patent infringement has been perhaps better illustrated by the Apple-Samsung patent dispute than by any other case in the 21st century.
Apple vs Samsung or similar major patent infringement cases are a growing phenomena. In Apple vs. Samsung, lawsuits have been filed and heard in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. The jury reached a verdict in case 11-CV-1846 in August 2012. It found that Samsung had indeed infringed upon six of Apple’s mobile device patents. Apple was awarded an unprecedented $1.05 billion in damages. Not surprisingly, Samsung expressed its intent to file an appeal.
The drama accelerated on February 12, 2013 when Apple filed a motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. On that date, Apple asked that the court halt the sales of certain Samsung smartphones and tablets. Apple stated that Samsung had taken market share through a “deliberate copying of Apple’s innovative iPhone and iPad products” and asked the court to halt the sales.
The re is also yet another new twist to the dispute. Federal Court Judge Lucy Koh, of the Northern California District, has asked the parties to agree to freeze another smartphone patent dispute that is currently scheduled to go to trial in March of 2014. At a February hearing, Judge Loh stated from the bench, “I was going to ask if we can stay this case while the other appeal is going on. Any possible resolution of the conflict will be “global” and cover technologies contested in both suits. I don’t know if we need two cases on this.” Judge Koh has given the parties until March 7th to indicate whether they agree to put case 12-CV-630 on hold while the earlier case is appealed.
Previously, Judge Koh had ordered both parties to reveal financial information that neither company wants to divulge. An appeal of her decision will be heard before the U.S. Appeals Court in Washington D.C.
On March 26th.
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