Villanova Law Professor Michael Risch recently provided commentary to several media outlets on Samsung v. Apple, which was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 11. It is the first case involving design patents to be heard by the Supreme Court in more than 120 years.
In his comments to Reuters, Risch points out that what is left of the multiple cases between the parties, including an appellate court decision that issued last week, “has become mostly about money.” He described how Samsung’s Supreme Court case may be an uphill battle to The Christian Science Monitor. He stated, "On the one hand, I think Samsung has the better argument as a matter of public policy. On the other hand, this is kind of how the statute has been interpreted for 100 years or more."
Risch’s teaching and scholarship focus on intellectual property and internet law. He has written extensively on the topics of patents, trade secrets and other IP, and two of his articles have been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court. His commentary appears regularly in mainstream media including The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg News.
Prior to joining academia, Risch was a partner at intellectual property boutique Russo & Hale LLP in Palo Alto, California. He previously served on the faculty of West Virginia University College of Law and was an Olin Fellow in Law at Stanford Law School.
The full list of Risch’s recent citations on Samsung v. Apple is as follows:
- US top court to hear Apple-Samsung feud over iPhone designs (Reuters)
- Apple, Samsung take design patent spat to Supreme Court this week (The Christian Science Monitor)
- Samsung and Apple to Face-Off in the US Supreme Court for Design Patent Case (iTechPost)
To view Risch’s complete bio, click here.