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IP lawyer: Jury awards Apple $533 million for design patent infringement based on four-factor test

By Christopher E Loh and Andrew Kutas

After considering competing proposals and a four-factor test formulated during Supreme Court proceedings, a jury at the US District Court for the Northern District of California has ordered Samsung to pay Apple $533 million in damages for infringing three design patents

On 24 May 2018 a federal jury at the US District Court for the Northern District of California determined in Apple Inc v Samsung Electronics Co (11-CV-01846-LHK) that Samsung must pay Apple $533,316,606 in damages for infringing three design patents asserted by Apple. The design patents at issue – D618,677, D593,087 and D604,305 – cover ornamental features of smartphone devices, including the face, bezel and graphical user interface (GUI).

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