The US Supreme Court on Tuesday handed Samsung a victory in its long-running patent dispute with Apple.
The nation’s highest court said in a unanimous opinion that damages for design patent infringement can be based only on the part of the device that infringed the patents, not the entire product.
The ruling reshapes the value of designs, and how much one company has to pay for copying the look of a competitor’s product. Current law said an award could be collected on the entire profits of an infringing device. In this case, that’s the $399 million Samsung paid Apple late last year. But this decision means that amount will likely go down.