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Justices will hear Samsung-Apple patent dispute

Posted: 9:45 AM, Mar 21, 2016
Updated: 2016-03-21 13:45:39Z

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has agreed to referee a pricy patent dispute between Samsung and Apple.

The justices said Monday they will review a $399 million judgment against South Korea-based Samsung for illegally copying patented aspects of the look of Apple's iPhone.

Apple, based in Cupertino, California, and Samsung are the top two manufacturers of increasingly ubiquitous smartphones.

The two companies have been embroiled in patent fights for years.

The justices will decide whether a court can order Samsung to pay Apple every penny it made from the phones at issue, even though the disputed features are a tiny part of the product.