Apple And Samsung Will Finally Duke It Out In Front Of SCOTUS

The Apple vs. Samsung case will finally be heard by the Supreme Court. It's the first design patent case in more than 100 years.
SMS

Apple and Samsung will begin their design patent arguments in front of the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

The smartphone giants have dragged each other through the courts for the last five years.  Now, the argument moves to the country's highest court. It's the first design patent case to be reviewed by SCOTUS in more than a century.

Filed in 2011, the first of two patent battles involves older Samsung phones, including the Galaxy S II. The issue isn't the actual patent infringement; rather, it's how much money should be awarded to Apple. 

SEE MORE: Samsung Can't Seem To Get It Right — Galaxy Note 7 Production Halted

But, there's a chance that after all this time, the case could end with a split decision.

The shorthanded court is unable to issue nationwide rulings when the justices split 4-4. Once the court is back to nine justices, it can order new arguments for decisions that were previously split.

Both Apple and Samsung have lined up high-profile allies to help plead their cases. A written decision from the court could take months.

Featured Stories
Japanese-Americans registering for work, under the Work Corps plan for evacuees

75 Years Ago: An Executive Order Sent 120,000 Japanese Into Internment

Chicago skyline

What Are The 2 Chicagos?

Civilians hold a white flag as they pass an Iraqi Army Armoured Ninth Division tank

Update In Iraq: Armed Forces Move To Take Rest Of Mosul, Evict ISIS

Now Watching
Apple And Samsung Will Finally Duke It Out In Front Of SCOTUS
Want to see more stories like this?
Like Newsy on Facebook for More Mobile Coverage