In its seemingly never-ending legal battle between Apple, Samsung earlier this summer asked a federal appeals court to reconsider the U.S Federal Circuit Court’s decision to uphold damages from a 2012 ruling. Today, San Jose Mercury News reports that the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected Samsung’s request to have its case reheard.
The Federal Circuit denied the request without comment, leaving Samsung’s only remaining option as the U.S. Supreme Court. Samsung’s request for a rehearing was backed by several other tech companies last month, including Google, Facebook, Dell, HP, eBay, and many others.
Without comment, the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Samsung’s bid to reconsider a previous ruling largely backing Apple — leaving the U.S. Supreme Court as the only legal option left for Samsung to try to overturn hundreds of millions of dollars in damages it now owes Apple in their ongoing patent feud.
Samsung had urged the Federal Circuit to rehear the case with its full 12-judge roster, arguing that a three-judge panel erred earlier this year when it left intact a jury’s verdict that the South Korean tech giant’s smartphones and tablets infringed on Apple’s design patents.
With Samsung’s latest request for a rehearing denied, it now can turn to the U.S. Supreme Court as its last-ditch effort to have its case reconsidered. It appears that after more than three years of back and forth, this case my finally be coming to an end. Maybe.
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