Samsung received yet another setback in the patent case the company has filed against Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL). The South Korean company Samsung’s request for the rehearing of a section of the company’s long-running patent-infringement lawsuit against US tech giant Apple has been rejected by the US Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington D.C., according to reports.
As per the report, Samsung’s appeal to reconsider the portion of the case rejected by the Court without any elaboration on the same.
In 2012, a jury awarded Apple over $1 billion. That amount has been reduced over the years, and now stands at $548 million. According to Samsung though, the three-panel judge that had given this verdict in Apple’s favor were wrong. The court had said in its ruling that Samsung have shipped handsets, which violated some of Apple’s patents.
“Almost overnight , Samsung’s smartphone products transformed from bulky,walkie-talkie like boxes into sleek, streamlined, narrow rectangles that mimicked the iPhone’s appearance,” Apple said.
The case will now go back to a California trial court which will decide the exact amount Samsung has to pay to Apple. However, Samsung in its request to the appeals court in Washington, D.C., sought the rehearing of the same case by 12–judge panel. But the court rejected the appeal, backing the previous court ruling of 2012.
“We are disappointed that our request for an en banc hearing of the US Court of Appeals was denied” commented a Samsung spokesperson. “For decades, we have invested heavily in developing revolutionary innovations in the mobile industry and beyond. We are confident hat our products do not infringe on Apple’s design patents, and we will continue to take appropriate measures to protect our products and our intellectual property.”
An Apple representative wasn’t immediately available for comment however.