Supreme Court: Design patents are worth less, but we won't tell you how much
A pedestrian walks in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, U.S. May 19, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

By Timothy Holbrook, Professor of Law, Emory University. Matt Wade, CC BY-SA When the Supreme Court took up Apple’s case alleging Samsung had stolen its patented iPhone designs for Samsung’s own smartphones, product designers, lawyers and corporate executives were paying close attention. The case promised to shed new light on a relatively unexplored area of patent…