The next round of patent battles between Apple and Samsung could get interesting. PhoneArena spotted a bunch of design patents awarded to Samsung, including a smartphone design with ridged flat edges and a round home button – remind you of anything?
The iPhone-like design wasn’t the only patent drawing bearing more than a passing resemblance to an existing competitor product: here’s a smartwatch design patent awarded to Samsung, seen next to a Moto 360:
Apple was awarded $119.6M damages against Samsung in its most recent patent trial, though the amount is likely to be reduced after the USPTO declared one of the patents concerned to be invalid.
There have been signs that the patent war between the two companies might be cooling, with Apple dropping a motion for injunctions against older Samsung models (despite them still being sold in some markets) and more recently the companies agreeing to end all patent disputes outside of the USA. This latest move by Samsung, however, seems unlikely to help.