The IP Battle Between Apple and
Samsung Will Seemingly Never End

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Why can’t we all just get along? It seems that the powers that be at two of the world’s largest and wealthiest tech companies just can’t see eye-to-eye, especially when it comes to the enormous mobile phone market throughout the world. Of course, we’re talking about Apple and Samsung. This is a battle that has gone on for years and from the looks of it, it’s a battle that could just keep going. These two tech giants are in a constant face-off to dominate the global cell phone market and beat the other into tech submission. Of curse, there is room for both companies in the market, and no matter which side of the cell phone battle you belong, the fact is, having both companies around is better for consumers. If there were no competition, then neither company would be very motivated to continue innovating.

Samsung Won’t Pay Patent Damages Without a Fight

In any case, while sales numbers remain their top source of competition, there is another place where they can’t get along. The battle lines have also been drawn in the courtroom, thanks to a never-ending argument over cell phone-related patents. As previously mentioned, this battle feels like it has no end in site, but the two companies will have to at least take a brief hiatus in their scuffle. That’s because a judge recently set a retrial date in their ongoing patent dispute for the spring of 2016. Unless the two tech giants miraculously agree to end their dispute (not going to happen), then this will be the third trial in this legal battle. Why so contentious? According to IPTrader president, Arlen L. Olsen, this case shows how significant and valuable intellectual property rights can be, which in this case the IP in question is worth billions.

Could Have Ended Back In 2012

This battle technically could have been over back in 2012 when a jury chose to award Apple more than $1 billion after it determined that Samsung had violated several of the iPhone maker’s patents in the use of its own smartphones. However, Samsung would have none of that and the company has been arguing the damage amount ever since. In 2013, the total damages were reduced by more than $450 million. However, in a separate judgment, a jury ruled that Samsung had to pay Apple another $290 million for patent infringement. That brought the total damages awarded to Apple to about $930 million. Again, Samsung appealed the ruling. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit did find that while Samsung did violate Apple’s design patents, it struck down some of the damages that were related to the way Apple presented or packaged its products.

Is the End Coming? Stay Tuned

The new trial is scheduled to take place in March or April of next year and will once again employ a jury to decide to the amount of damages Apple will receive from Samsung. However, the judge also made it clear that she does not plan on dragging this battle out any further, as she has given both companies just six hours to argue their respective cases, and has put a time limit of seven days for the trial to be heard. But wait there’s more. Samsung may have added another twist to the story because it is still trying to get the original decision from 2012 overturned. However, the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Samsung’s request, but the company could still appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Stay tuned, but in the meantime, keep using your iPhone or Galaxy at your own leisure. Your cell service will not be affected.