Samsung has decided to take the patent war that it battles with the long-time rival, apple, to the highest court in the united states and if the supreme court decided to accept Samsung’s request to reconsider the case, the wounds will again open up between the two tech titans.
The infringement case had been going for a long time now and the lower courts have deemed Samsung guilty of copying apple’s trademark features and subsequently using them in their devices ultimately hurting the sales of the iPhone. It also awarded $1 billion in damages. This amount has been reduced overtime and last month, Samsung was forced to pay $548 million to apple.
Samsung also said in a statement that the two tech titan are burying all their disagreements overseas but they will continue to fight against each other in the united states. It also said that even though they intended to pay the fine amount, what apple is arguing was incorrect and they would appeal in the supreme court and if it wins the case, apple would have to pay back the fine amount in the whole.
“While Samsung prefers to compete in the marketplace, not the courtroom, the company feels that it is important to appeal this case to the US Supreme Court on behalf of all US companies, big and small, that could be affected if this legal precedent stands,” Samsung said
Suprema court hasn’t dealt with the patent case since the 1800’s and this high profile case seems to drag the patent war for some more time.
Big companies such as google and Microsoft have argued against the patents by indicating that the patent wars will ultimately kill innovation. Titans such as Samsung and apple can afford to defend themselves in the court but not every company can do that.
Fearing the court battles, many small companies would cease working on the next killer device leading to the stagnation in the tech industry.
“It’s bad for innovation, and it’s bad for competition,” a Samsung representative told CNET. “We’re dealing with a really old law, and we need a sensible interpretation for modern times, the modern marketplace and modern products.