U.S. Appeals Court Overturns $120M Patent Victory Against Samsung – Two Patents Ruled Invalid
Score one for Samsung in their continual battle of patent ping-pong against Apple, as a U.S. appeals court on Friday overturned a $120 million Patent victory for Apple. The decision also invalidated two of Apple’s patents, their “Slide to Unlock” feature, and autocorrect.
The court ruling not only ensures Samsung doesn’t have to write another check to Apple; it can also continue using the smartphone features and won’t have to make any changes to older models.
The appeals court threw out the verdict that Apple had won, but upheld a jury finding that iPhone maker has to pay a $158,400 damage award for infringing a Samsung patent on video compression.
Samsung and Apple had argued before the Washington D.C.-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in January, with the majority of the arguments centering on Apple’s data detectors patent, which accounted for more than $98 million of the damages that were overturned on Friday.
Apple has originally sought $2 billion in damages for five patents they alleged Samsung had infringed – including swipe-to-text, universal search, and data detectors. Samsung alleged Apple had infringed two patents they owned, and had sought over $6 million in damages.
The dispute is just one of a number of lawsuit yet to be settled between the two electronics giants. December saw Samsung agree to pay Apple $548 million for another set of infringed patents.