Samsung Plans To Take Ongoing Patent Battle With Apple To U.S. Supreme Court


According to a new report from the San Jose Mercury News, Samsung is planning to take its ongoing patent battle with Apple to the United States Supreme Court.

In court papers filed today, Samsung said that by November it would ask the Supreme Court to hear its latest appeal. The decision comes following a rejection from the U.S. Federal Circuit Cort of Appeals last week, where the court refused Samsung’s request for a new trial.

“The questions present issues of enormous importance to patent litigation and the scope of innovation, especially in high-technology industries,” Samsung’s legal team wrote in a bid to hold off paying Apple hundreds of millions of dollars in damages for the patent violations.

Samsung had asked the court to reconsider a decision earlier this year that left the company on the hook for a $548 million payout to Apple.

Samsung and Apple have been battling over patent infringement issues since 2012, when a jury ruled that Samsung willfully violated several Apple patents, resulting in $1 billion in damages. Since then, the Korean company has been fighting the ruling, and over the course of several appeals, has gotten the damages reduced to $548 million total.

If Samsung is successful, the Supreme Court could throw out another $400 million in damages. However, the company may have difficulty getting the Supreme Court to hear its case. Of thousands of cases that the Supreme court is asked to review each year, it only agrees to hear about 100 to 150.