Apple and Samsung’s long–running US court case has taken a new twist, with some of tech’s biggest names lining up to support Samsung’s argument that it should not have to hand over profits to Apple.
Facebook, Google, HP, eBay and Dell have all lent their names to a briefing attesting that the Korean tech giant should not have to pay vast damages for infringing Apple’s iPhone patents.
The document states: “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.”
The Silicon Valley hard-hitters claim that the complexity of a smartphone means that it should not be possible to award profits made by one company to another in case of a single patent breach.
For its part, Apple asked for the briefing to be dismissed, pointing to the fact that Google has a vested interest in the case because its Android operating system powers the Samsung phones in question.
Apple’s initial damages award of just under $1 billion was recently cut to $548 million. Samsung is seeking to have that reward cut even further by a new panel of judges.
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