Apple wins some, loses some in Samsung patent appeal
Apple and Samsung’s patent infringement battle isn’t over, and in the latest ruling, neither side has gotten exactly what it wanted. In a filing posted today, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reaffirmed that Samsung had copied specific design patents in Apple’s iPhone. But the court decided that Samsung wasn’t infringing on Apple’s overall trade dress — the look and feel of its phones. This means that while the damages Apple was granted for patent infringement will stand, the company’s overall award will be downsized.
The court’s analysis hinged on the idea that trade dress had to be based on aesthetic decisions meant to make something visually distinctive, and that rules protecting it have to be balanced with “a…
Source:: The Verge