Samsung Asks Court To Vacate $930M Payment To Apple

Samsung has 930 million problems and Apple is behind each and every one of them. That figure represents the number of dollars Samsung owes Apple for infringing iPhone patents with its Galaxy line of mobile devices. In short, Apple accused Samsung of copying the look and feel of its iPhone family and eventually won a monstrous award, which Samsung is now trying to get overturned.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit listened to Samsung argue why it should toss out an earlier decision from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, which ordered the South Korean handset maker to pay Apple $930 million. That's actually less than an initial award of more than $1 billion.

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Samsung's argument is that the lower court erred in deciding that it infringed upon the design and trade dress patents because of three things: No Apple logo, no "home" button like the ones found on iPhone devices, and the speaker slots on Galaxy devices aren't located in the same place as they are on iPhones.

Apple and Samsung have been battling each other in court for the past several years. More recently, they agreed to cease suing each other for patent infringement outside the U.S., though there's still a fair amount of contempt for one another.

As for the $930 million award, Samsung has added incentive to try and get it dismissed or vastly reduced. The company's Galaxy line of smartphones haven't been selling as well lately, leading to lower revenues and a shakeup of management.