The present case, one of the most closely watched legal fights between Apple and Samsung, was fought over imitation of certain designs of Apple by Samsung.
It is $399 million of the $548 million, essentially Samsung's profits on its smartphones for Apple parts copied and those not copied, that the South Korean device maker asked the Court for relief.
In its ruling, backed by all members of the 8-judge bench, the apex court held that since the alleged copying of designs involved only parts of the product, the patent violator need not pay the entire profit from the sale of the product as damages.
"The term "article of manufacture" is broad enough to embrace both a product sold to a consumer and a component of that product whether sold separately or not", Sotomayor wrote.
The justices sent the case back to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington to determine how much Samsung must pay. During this, the court is sided with Samsung and saying that the company does not have to pay the entire profit from the sales of the disputed products.
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The legal dispute revolved around whether 'article of manufacture, ' on which design patent damages are calculated in the United States patent law, should be interpreted as a finished product in its entirety, or not. "We remain optimistic that the lower courts will again send a powerful signal that stealing isn't right".
In May 2015, a USA appellate court upheld the verdict of patent infringement, but said the iPhone's appearance could not be protected by trademarks, resulting in that decision in reducing Samsung's payment. In 2012, a lower jury ruled that Samsung had to hand over all profits from the phone while its design infringement case was still in question. The said amount is for Samsung's violation against three patent designs from Apple's iPhone, including the smartphone's shape and icons.
As noted earlier, this is not the first time that Apple and Samsung are in court over copyright matters.
In 2014, Apple's request to ban Samsung from selling any of its products that allegedly infringed the former's patent technology was denied.