Samsung is taking its patent fight with Apple to the Supreme Court


Samsung is making a last ditch effort to avoid paying Apple.
Samsung is making a last ditch effort to avoid paying Apple.
Photo: Jim Merithew / Cult of Mac

Samsung agreed to finally pay Apple $548 million for the patent infringement case the iPhone-maker won way back in 2012, but it appears Samsung has had a change of heart and is now taking the fight to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The company filed a 219-page appeal to the Supreme Court today, claiming that the way U.S. courts handle patent lawsuits isn’t fair because juries aren’t given enough information on how to understand the patents. Samsung is also disputing the way patent damages are calculated, noting that if multiple firms sue a company for design patent issues, the company could have to pay multiple times the profit they actually made.

“Samsung is escalating this case because it believes that the way the laws were interpreted is not in line with modern times,” Samsung said in a statement obtained by Recode. “If the current legal precedent stands, it could diminish innovation, stifle competition, pave the way for design patent troll litigation and negatively impact the economy and consumers.”

Apple was due to receive Samsung’s payment for patent infringement today, however a clause in the two companies’ agreement stipulates that Apple would have to repay the money if the Supreme Court picks up the appeal.

The Supreme Court appeal is Samsung’s last ditch effort to come away with a win in the legal war that has spanned four continents. It’s unlikely that the court will pick up the case as it’s incredibly selective, but if they did it could possibly lead to some overdue changes with the patent system.

You can read Samsung’s full appeal below:

Samsung vs Apple – Samsung's Appeal to the Supreme Court