US court reinstates Apple’s win over Samsung in patent case

Apple and Samsung have been battling over mobile device technology patents for years


In December, Samsung paid Apple $548.2 million stemming from a separate patent case. Photo: AP
In December, Samsung paid Apple $548.2 million stemming from a separate patent case. Photo: AP

New York: A federal appeals court on Friday reinstated a $120 million jury award for Apple Inc against Samsung, in another stunning twist in the fierce patent war between the world’s top smartphone manufacturers.

The full slate of judges on the US court of appeals for the federal circuit in Washington, D.C., said a previous panel of the same court should not have overturned the verdict in the case involving three iPhone technology patents last February.

Friday’s 8-3 decision said the jury verdict was supported by substantial evidence and that the three-judge appeals court panel did not follow US Supreme Court limits on the scope of its review.

The appeal stems from a May 2014 verdict from a federal court in San Jose, California, which ordered Samsung to pay $119.6 million for using Apple’s patented slide-to-unlock, autocorrect and “quick link” features without permission.

The jury had also found that Apple infringed a Samsung patent on digital photo technology and awarded $158,400 in damages. Friday’s decision upholds that award.

The two companies have been battling over mobile device technology patents for years, with Apple mostly prevailing.

In December, Samsung paid Apple $548.2 million stemming from a separate patent case. Part of that dispute has been appealed to the supreme court, which will hear it on Tuesday. Reuters

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