Apple v. Samsung case shows the difficulty of protecting designs

8 09 2015

Washington Post

May 18, 2015

A federal appeals court on Monday struck down a key part of Apple’s legal victory over Samsung on smartphone design, a move that could slash hundreds of millions from the nearly $1 billion jury verdict that found Samsung had copied aspects of the iconic iPhone.

The decision, a remnant of the now mostly cooled smartphone wars over patents relating to the mobile phone market, leaves the rest of the original finding intact. But the reversal on the question of Apple’s trademark claims about the overall look of the phone highlights the difficulties of protecting design features as intellectual property.


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