Google, Facebook, HP and eBay all have Samsung’s back in the smartphone maker’s never-ending battle with Apple over hefty patent damages. The coalition, which also includes Dell and other Silicon Valley companies, filed an amicus brief with the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals early this month arguing the panel should reconsider its ruling that Samsung must forfeit the profits from infringing Galaxy phones.
The battle between the tech giants culminated in 2012 when a court ordered Samsung to pay Apple $930 million for infringing on a small number of iPhone-related design and utility patents. That amount was later reduced to $382 million, but the court upheld an order for Samsung to pay the "total profit" of the value of sold phones, and not just the value of the patents. In a separate case, filed in March 2014, Apple sued Samsung again for about $2 billion in damages, arguing that it had ”systematically copied Apple’s innovative technology and products, features, and designs.”