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US Justice Department says Supreme Court should deny Samsung request for Apple v. Samsung review

The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday issued a recommendation against the Supreme Court reviewing a 2014 court verdict, which at the time awarded Apple almost $120 million for patent infringement by Samsung.




"In the view of the United States, the petition for a writ of certiorari should be denied," the Justice Department wrote this month according to CNET. Samsung requested the review in March, and Apple submitted a counterargument in May, with which the DoJ ultimately sided.

The case in question is distinct from the one at the center of a December Supreme Court ruling, which addressed a 2012 verdict that awarded Apple nearly $1 billion for Samsung's violation of iPhone design concepts. The amount was later reduced to $548 million.

Samsung challenged $399 million of the sum at the Supreme Court, successfully arguing that it shouldn't have to hand over the complete profits of devices simply because some aspects were infringing —likening the situation to demanding the entire profits of a car because of a cupholder. The Supreme Court then sent the matter back down to a district court in San Jose.

In the May 2014 verdict, Samsung was found to have infringed patents on data detectors and the iPhone's since-abandoned "slide to unlock" function. Apple, though, was found to have infringed on a patent related to digital images and speech.

Samsung managed to get its penalty overturned in an initial appeal, but a review reinstated the verdict, and a second appeal was denied.