SAMSUNG HAS FILED AN APPEAL with the US Supreme Court in a last-ditch attempt to avoid the $550m damages it must pay to Apple.
The appeal, funnily enough, comes on the same day Samsung is due to pay Apple $548 million in damages in relation to multiple patent claims.
In its petition to the high court, Samsung is claiming that it should not have to make as much as $399m of the payout for copying the patented designs of the iPhone's rounded-corner front face, bezel, and gridded icons, saying the ruling is based on law that's out of date.
The appeal also states that the jury did not have enough information to understand the patents.
"Samsung is escalating this case because it believes that the way the laws were interpreted is not in line with modern times," the company said in a statement.
"If the current legal precedent stands, it could diminish innovation, stifle competition, pave the way for design patent troll litigation and negatively impact the economy and consumers."
If the Supreme Court decides to hear Samsung's case, it would be the first design patent case heard by the court in more than a century.
"We make these products to delight our customers, not for our competitors to flagrantly copy," Apple said in a statement given to Reuters.
It was earlier this month that it was revealed that Samsung had agreed to pay Apple damages in the firms' never-ending patent battle.
Apple was awarded another small victory in September in its never-ending patent row with Samsung that could force the latter to stop using certain features in its Galaxy smartphones and tablets.
A US appeals court ruled at the time that Apple could force Samsung to stop using features including slide to unlock, autocorrect and quicklinks. That was according to a report on Bloomberg, which said that the ruling could see certain Samsung devices banned unless the features are disabled.
"Apple does not seek to enjoin the sale of life-saving drugs, but to prevent Samsung profiting from the unauthorised use of infringing features in its cellphones and tablets," the court said in the ruling, adding that "the right to exclude competitors from using one's property rights is important".
The lawsuit was filed in 2012, and covers devices such as the ageing Galaxy S3. Software updates released in the meantime mean that Galaxy devices no longer offer a slide to unlock feature, for example.
"We will pursue our rights to have the full Court of Appeals review today’s decision," said a Samsung spokesperson back in September.
"We want to reassure our millions of loyal customers that all of our smartphones, which are wanted and loved by American consumers, will remain for sale and available for customer service support in the US."
Apple reiterated its previous comments about the case, saying: "Samsung wilfully stole our ideas and copied our products."
Google, Facebook and HP also waded into the fight in July and sided with Samsung in the dispute. The firms argued that a decision against Samsung would have a "devastating impact on companies that spend billions of dollars annually on research and development for complex technologies and their components". µ
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