Samsung vs Apple Patent Lawsuit Hearing: Cup Holder Argument Takes Centre-Stage

Samsung Electronics has countered Apple’s allegations of infringing on iPhone patents in a U.S. appeals court on Thursday and on the order that it pay Apple Inc $930 million.

The ongoing 3-year-old court battle between Apple and Samsung over iPhone patents which were allegedly inserted in Galaxy series of smartphones by the latter has on Thursday came up for hearing at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

In August both the parties announced that they had agreed to withdraw all patent cases except in the United States. The current court case is over a decision by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California which had found that Samsung guilty and ordered it to pay $930 million, reducing the amount from $1 billion awarded before.

Lawyer Kathleen Sullivan, representing Samsung, argued that the lower court erred in awarding Apple entire Samsung’s profits on Samsung phones, which was akin to awarding entire profits on a car because of an infringing cup holder.

Apple’s lawyer William Lee, however, countered the argument saying, “This is not the cup holder. What Samsung is actually asking you is to substitute yourself for Judge Koh and the jury.” The hearing will go on for some more time.

Apple, Samsung and Google have filed dozens of infringement lawsuits against one another. In May, Apple and Google’s Motorola Mobility, which has since been taken over by Lenovo, agreed to settle all smartphone patent litigation between them.

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