Apple Inc. deserved the hundreds of millions of dollars in damages
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. paid for infringing patented designs
of the iPhone, because the product’s distinctive look drives
people to purchase it, a group of design industry professionals
told the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday.
Setting up a clash with a number of Silicon Valley companies that
have come out on the side of Samsung, more than 100 designers and
educators signed on to a new court brief supporting Apple.
They include famous fashion names Calvin Klein, Paul Smith and
Alexander Wang, the industrial design director at Parsons School
of Design, the design director for Bentley Motors, and Tony
Chambers, the editor-in-chief of Wallpaper magazine.