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Tech companies and even farmers want Supreme Court to decide Samsung vs Apple patent lawsuit

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Last updated: January 19th, 2016 at 05:30 UTC+02:00

Samsung wants to end its patent lawsuit once and for all by trying to get the US Supreme Court to take up the matter. It has already been through a very lengthy legal process that involved lawsuits, payment of about half a billion dollars in damages and also a sales ban on some of its devices. It’s up to the apex court to decide whether it wants to take up this case and in order to convince it to do so, many non-profit organizations, tech companies and legal experts have filed amicus (friend of the court) briefs requesting that the Supreme Court consider this patent infringement case.

It’s not that all of them support Samsung’s position against Apple, rather they are aware of the implications of a Supreme Court decision on matters of patent infringement, particularly related to design patents and the damages associated with infringement. The judicial system often comes under fire for not doing enough to stop patent trolls so a decision by the Supreme Court will be a potential game changer. The idea is to throw their weight behind this patent infringement case and ultimately convince the federal government to bring about patent reforms that will prevent patent trolls from making money off of intellectual property. Newegg, a major electronics retailer, filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court alongside major tech companies including Facebook, Google, Dell, HP, eBay and Pegasystems. Even farmers and small businesses have done the same. Samsung and Apple have not commented on these amicus briefs.

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