U.S. court reinstates
Apple $120 million patent win over Samsung
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[October 08, 2016]
By Andrew Chung
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals
court on Friday reinstated a $120 million jury award for Apple Inc
<AAPL.O> against Samsung <005930.KS>, marking the latest twist in the
fierce patent war between the world's top smartphone manufacturers.
The court said that there was substantial evidence for the jury verdict
related to Samsung's infringement of Apple patents on its
slide-to-unlock and autocorrect features, as well as quick links, which
automatically turn information like addresses and phone numbers into
Friday's decision was made by the full slate of judges on the U.S. Court
of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. In an 8-3 ruling,
the judges said that a previous panel of the same court should not have
overturned the verdict last February.
The three-judge panel did not follow U.S. Supreme Court limits on the
scope of its review, because it examined evidence outside the record of
the case, the decision said.
Representatives for Samsung and Apple could not immediately be reached
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
the Apple features without permission.
Infringement of the quick links feature accounted for nearly $99 million
of the damages.
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.
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3D-printed Samsung and Apple logos are seen in this picture
illustration made in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina on January 26,
2016. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic
James Gibson, a professor at the University of Richmond School of Law, said in
an email to Reuters that Friday's ruling is based on a procedural issue rather
than a disagreement over patent law.
"But this seemingly pedestrian ruling is an important precedent for those who
want patent protection going forward - and itís a big win for Apple."
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.
(Reporting by Andrew Chung; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn and Andrew Hay)
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