The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday spoiled Apple’s hopes for a big payday, scotching the $399 million award in its successful patent infringement suit against Samsung. Justice Sonia Sotomayor delivered the Court’s decision, which turned on what lawmakers meant by the term “article of manufacture.” According to the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, the article of manufacture in this case included the entire phone — even though the design elements cribbed from Apple represented only a part of a phone sold by Samsung. The Supremes disagreed.
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