Samsung has lost its latest appeal against a court ruling ordering it to pay $548 million for infringing Apple's design patents.
The Korean company had been hoping to shave off $400 million from the damages, demanding a new hearing with a full panel of 12 judges. It claimed that a three- judge panel was wrong to uphold a jury’s ruling regarding its breach of patents relating to the iPhone and iPad.
Major tech players, including Google, Facebook and HP, had given their backing to Samsung over the appeal, on the grounds that a ruling in Apple’s favour would stifle innovation in the smartphone sector.
It all means that Samsung has just one option left: To turn to the United States Supreme Court to seek redress. If this fails, it will have lost one of the most defining courtroom battles the tech world has ever seen.
Neither Samsung or Apple are yet to offer comment on the ruling. Samsung has just revealed its latest smartphones, the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and Galaxy Note 5, while Apple is readying its new iPhone 6S for launch next month.
San Jose Mercury
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