In a patent fight with Apple, Samsung is asking the US Supreme Court to take a digital-age look at a type of dispute it last confronted in the horse-and-buggy era.
South Korea-based Samsung today appealed a $399 million judgment for illegally copying patented aspects of the look of Apple's iPhone, the latest round in a long-running fight between the two tech industry giants.
The last time the Supreme Court heard cases on patents covering the appearance of a product instead of the way it works was in the late 1800s. That's when court battles concerned designs of spoon handles, carpets and saddles.
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