Latest news coming from technology world. A U.S. appeals court on Friday overturned a $120 million jury verdict against Samsung, finally handing Samsung a significant win in its long standing patent case with Apple.
According to source, The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., said Samsung Electronics Co Ltd did not infringe Apple’s “quick links” patent, and other two patents covering the iPhone’s auto-correct and slide-to-unlock features were invalid. The court also declared Apple was liable for infringing one of Samsung’s patents.
The quick links feature Infringement, which allows the device to recognise data on the touch-screen(such as a phone number, and link to it to make a call), accounted for nearly $99 million of the damages.
As reported, a Samsung spokeswoman said: “Today’s decision is a win for consumer choice and puts competition back where it belongs – in the marketplace, not in the courtroom.”
A spokeswoman for Apple declined to comment.
Both international company have been battling over mobile device technology patents for years. Apple has mostly superior, and Samsung already paid Apple $548.2 million stemming from a separate patent case in December, which Samsung has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The authority(three-judge panel) reverses a May 2014 verdict from a federal court in San Jose, California ordering Samsung to pay $119.6 million for using patented technology without Apple’s permission.
The case is Apple Inc v. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd et al, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, No. 15-1171.
Bradley Hulbert(Chicago-based patent lawyer), who has followed the legal proceeding, said the decision is “a clear signal that Apple is not invincible and that alternative operating systems are here to stay. The marketing and psychological benefits for Samsung are huge.”
In reply the appeals court said that Samsung did not use the same technology to detect and link to specific data, it also said Apple’s other patents were obvious compared to previously known inventions and should never have been granted.
Michael Carrier(Rutgers Law School professor)said Apple “rolled the dice” by going to court and today’s decision “shows that the patent wars really are not worth it.”
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