WASHINGTON Oct 11 The U.S. Supreme Court on
Tuesday signaled a willingness to reduce the potentially huge
penalties for ripping off a patented design as it heard
arguments in the legal fight over the amount Samsung should pay
Apple for copying the iPhone's trademarked appearance.
The eight justices heard arguments by lawyers for the
world's two top smartphone manufacturers, as well as the U.S.
government, in Samsung's challenge to the $399
million it was forced to pay Apple for violating three patents
regarding the iPhone's rounded-corner front face, bezel
and colorful grid of icons.
(Reporting by Andrew Chung; Editing by Will Dunham)