30 June 2016
Washington DC
Reporter: Barney Dixon

US government to comment on Apple v Samsung

The US Supreme Court has invited the government to comment on the latest patent infringement lawsuit between Samsung and Apple.

In an order on 26 June, the court invited acting US solicitor general Jeffrey Wall to comment on the case, in which Samsung asks whether past case law requires a court to hold patents obvious under Section 103 of the US Patent Act.

The latest development in the ongoing war between the smartphone companies, this dispute is the second to have seen Apple and Samsung to the Supreme Court.

Apple took Samsung to court in 2014, alleging infringement of numerous patents, including one for a graphical user interface.

The court ordered Samsung to pay $119.6 million, but appealed to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which reversed the lower court's decision.

Apple then filed a petition for rehearing en banc. The full Federal Circuit overturned the previous ruling, leading to Samsung filing for certiorari at the Supreme Court.

The couples' previous foray into the Supreme Court resulted in a reversal of Apple’s $399 million win at the Federal Circuit and reopened arguments in the long-running design patent case.

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