Samsung may have to pay up hundreds of millions of dollars or appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in the latest twist in its ongoing battle with Apple over alleged patent infringement.
Late last week the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals decided to deny Samsung’s request for a new trial in the case against the company where close to two dozen of its mobile devices are accused of violating Apple’s patents, CNET reported.
"We are disappointed that our request for an en banc hearing of the U.S. Court of Appeals was denied," a Samsung spokesperson told CNET in an emailed statement.
"For decades, we have invested heavily in developing revolutionary innovations in the mobile industry and beyond. We are confident that 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," the statement continued.
According to the San Jose Mercury News, which obtained a copy of the federal appeals court’s decision, now that the prospect of a new case is out of the window, Samsung can either try to have the U.S. Supreme Court hear the case or pay the damages to Apple.
This bump in the road for Samsung is just the latest in the company’s continued efforts to overturn a ruling from back in 2012 in which Samsung was found to be in violation of Apple’s design patents throughout its smartphone and tablet offerings.
Initially Samsung was required to pay more than $1 billion to Apple in damages, but that amount has since been minimized to $548 million as a result of numerous hearings and appeals over the years, CNET confirmed.
The denial of Samsung’s hope for a new trial was also a blow to several other Silicon Valley companies, such as Facebook, eBay and Google, that filed a brief together back in July arguing Apple’s victory against Samsung could set a negative precedent for other companies trying to create modern technologies.
According to CNET, the companies said in a statement to the court filed on July 1: "If allowed to stand, that decision will lead to absurd results and have a devastating impact on companies ... who spend billions of dollars annually on research and development for complex technologies and their components."