Apple, Inc.. v. Samsung Elecs. Co., Ltd., No. 14-1802 (Fed. Cir. 2015)Annotate this Case
Apple has multiple patents for features of the iPhone and, in 2012, sued Samsung, alleging infringement of five patents directed to smartphone and tablet interfaces. The district court held on summary judgment that Samsung infringed the 172 patent. A jury found that nine Samsung products infringed one or both of Apple’s 647 and 721 patents and awarded a total of $119,625,000. Apple sought a permanent injunction to bar Samsung from making, using, selling, developing, advertising, or importing software or code capable of implementing the infringing features in its products, with a 30-day “sunset period” that would stay enforcement of the injunction until 30 days after it was entered , during which Samsung could design around the infringing features. The district court denied Apple’s motion. The Federal Circuit vacated, Although the evidence may not make a strong case of irreparable harm, Apple satisfied the causal nexus requirement and therefore established irreparable harm. Apple also established that the harm it will suffer is not easily compensable at law. As the district court found, the balance of hardships and public interest weigh strongly in favor of an injunction.