An act of Congress that dates back to an 1886 Supreme Court case about carpet design
FORTUNE — The 18-minute video presented to the Apple v. Samsung jury Tuesday did a good job explaining what a patent is. What it didn’t explain was the difference between a design and a utility patent or, more important, the vast difference in the rewards involved if infringement of one or the other can be proved.
Enter Christopher Carani, a patent attorney at Chicago-based intellectual property law firm McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd. In an e-mail sent to reporters Wednesday, he offers this helpful commentary:
Carani goes on to suggest that an Apple AAPL victory in this case could trigger a renaissance in cellphone design. “Keep in mind,” he writes, “that despite Samsung’s cries, there are many different ways to design these devices. Young, creative and hungry industrial designers the world over will no doubt rise to the challenge of designing non-infringing devices.”