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Apple v. Samsung: SCOTUS to hear mother of all tech patent case




A Samsung and Apple smartphone are displayed on August 6, 2014 in London, England.
A Samsung and Apple smartphone are displayed on August 6, 2014 in London, England.
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The country’s high court hears arguably the biggest tech patent case in modern history today, involving two of the biggest names in consumer technology.

The “Samsung Electronics Co. v. Apple” case stems from a long-running lawsuit between the two tech giants in which Apple sued Samsung for copying the design of the iPhone. That case had already been decided, and Samsung was found guilty for infringing on Apple’s intellectual property.

What the Supreme Court is going to determine is the monetary punishment of such a violation -- how much should Samsung pay for plagiarizing the design of a tech product. If the Supreme Court sides with Apple, then it gets to keep the $400 million it has collected on the judgement.

The case deals with a very specific piece of intellectual property law that applies to the design -- the artistic rendition and conception -- of a tech product, and has far-reaching ramifications for the tech world.

Guests: 

Shara Tibken, CNET reporter who’s been following the story

Mark S Davies, lawyer with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe who wrote an amicus brief on behalf of a group of industrial design professionals and educators in support of Apple

Mark A Lemley, Stanford law professor who wrote an amicus brief on behalf of a group of intellectual property professors in support of Samsung