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Samsung Taking Apple To The Supreme Court

In the three-year-long saga that is the patent litigation between Apple and Samsung — which Samsung lost — the newest wrinkle is that the Korean tech giant is trying to take its U.S. rival to the Supreme Court.

The Verge reported Thursday (Aug. 20) that Samsung filed papers on Wednesday with the highest court in the land looking for another hearing after the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Samsung’s plea to reconsider the ruling upholding the damages tied to the case.

As has been widely reported, the original verdict, which was handed down three years ago, awarded Apple a little more than $1 billion in damages, a sum that was subsequently reduced to $930 million. Another shot across the legal bow came in May when an appeals court ordered that, of the $930 million judgment, $382 million should be reconsidered. And, as the site noted, there was a separate case between the two companies that took place in 2014, in which Apple was subsequently awarded $119 million in damages. The reductions in the original damages may, according to The Verge, point to Samsung having at least some success with its argument that it did not in fact violate Apple’s technology patents.

“The questions present issues of enormous importance to patent litigation and the scope of innovation, especially in high-technology industries,” wrote Samsung in its appeal filed Wednesday with the U.S. Supreme Court.

As The Verge wrote, the strategy of going to the Supreme Court may be a “ long shot” for Samsung, but there may already be some prominent backers in the Valley. Marquee tech companies such as Google and Facebook will possibly be petitioning the Supreme Court to examine the case that grinds on between Samsung and Apple — a decision the court has until the end of its current term to consider.

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