It’s go-time for that legal battle that refuses to die: Apple v. Samsung. The two smartphone giants will meet in a San Jose, California, court for a week starting Monday to determine how much Samsung owes for illegally using three Apple design patents and two utility patents. The lawsuit, initially filed in 2011, made it all the way to the Supreme Court in late 2016 before being sent back to the lower court. This will be the third district court trial for the case. Samsung has already been found to infringe Apple’s patents. The argument centers on how much it owes Apple for copying some of its patented features, like the rectangular shape of the iPhone. Previously, Samsung paid $548 million, and $399 million of that is being reconsidered in this trial. Now Playing: Watch this: Apple, Samsung to duke it out in court again 2:22 The South Korean company hopes to pay less by using a Supreme Court decision that changed how the parties may calculate the damages. Samsung will argue that the elements it infringed were just a minor part of the phone. Here’s an easier way to think about that point of view: If a company owns a patent on just a car’s cup holder, it shouldn’t be able to collect the profit from the entire car. Some estimates say more than 250,000 patents go into a smartphone. The original penalty was based on the value of the entire Samsung phone. Apple, meanwhile, will seek to show… [Read full story]
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