According to press reports, Samsung had opted to fight the massive fine imposed for alleged copyright infringement of Apple products.
However, the company was jolted by the news that the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected their appeal.
In a report, cnet.com posited that there are now two options opened to Samsung one, pay over to Apple a hefty sum of cash, or two, bring the case straight to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Damages owed to Apple by Samsung for the first trial has been reduced over the last few years to $548 million. $400 million of that amount deals with Apple design patents that the jury ruled Samsung has infringed on.
The U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that it would not reconsider its decision in the matter.
A Samsung spokesperson said, “We are disappointed that our request for an en banc hearing of the U.S. Court of Appeals was denied. For decades, we have invested heavily in developing revolutionary innovations in the mobile industry and beyond. We are confident that our products do not infringe on Apple’s design patents,” he said, adding that the company plans to continue taking steps to protect their intellectual property.
Apple declined to comment on the decision though they have previously been locked in legal battles with their main mobile competitor over design patents more than a few times.
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