Samsung to appeal in the U.S. Supreme Court for the Samsung vs. Apple case


Less than a week after the U.S. Appeals court reject Samsung’s appeal for a re-examination in the Apple vs. Samsung case, the company has decided to appeal in the Supreme Court of the country by November for a hearing.

The Korean company’s lawyers filed papers to the court on Wednesday in which they requested the court to hold off the case so that it can take up the matter with the Supreme Court.

“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.

The U.S. Appeals court had rejected Samsung’s request for a re-examination without any comments last week. This move from the court came despite receiving multiple ‘friends of the court’ letter from Google, Facebook, Dell and other heavyweights of the industry taking Samsung’s side.

Interestingly, the USPTO recently said that the iPhone’s design patent, “D’677”, is invalid. This is a key patent in the Apple vs. Samsung case and can have huge ramifications in the case. It will likely tilt the case in Samsung’s favor if the Supreme Court decides to take this case up. The court has until next June to decide on whether it wants to take this case up or not.

[Via Mercury News]