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On Dec. 6, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court threw out a damages award of $399 million that Apple won against Samsung in an ongoing design patent dispute. Justice Sotomayor authored the opinion for the unanimous Court, holding that damages for design patent infringement may be based on an “article of manufacture” that is a component part of a commercial product and need not be tied to the entire commercial product as it is sold to the consumer. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. et al. v. Apple Inc., No. 15-777 (Dec. 6, 2016). The ruling promises to carry the Apple v. Samsung saga forward, because significant aspects of the damages calculation are left to the Federal Circuit and further briefing by the parties, including the crucial “test for identifying the relevant article of manufacture” on which damages for a design patent are based. Slip op. at 8.
By Nathan D. Renov
On March 27, 2018, in Oracle America, Inc. v. Google LLC, the Federal Circuit overturned a jury verdict in favor of Google from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. In doing so, the court revived Oracle’s claim that Google’s use of Oracle’s open-source Java language code did not constitute “fair use.”
By Scott Graham
Despite Possibility of ‘Chaos,’ Presumption Against Extraterritorial Application May Give Way to Simple Proximate Cause Test, Justices Suggest
The U.S. Supreme Court seemed to be mulling a flexible test for foreign patent damages last month, with the categorical presumption against extraterritoriality taking a back seat.
By Shari Claire Lewis
A Recent Decision by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Involving Twitter May Have Significant Implications for Online Publications
The exponential growth of social media, and the inevitable conflicts that result, is leading to more and more litigation. In many instances, courts are being asked to apply laws crafted before the Internet era to these modern disputes.
By Mark Holah
Much has been written about what will happen to EU-wide IP rights after Brexit — and whether, and how, the protection given by those rights will be maintained in the UK. Finally, we have some clarity about what is going to happen.