Apple’s $120 million patent victory against Samsung overturned

By , Feb 26, 2016

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An appeals court on Friday ruled that Samsung won’t have to pay Apple $119.6 million for infringing its patents, reports Bloomberg. The court found two of Apple’s patents, including one for its slide-to-unlock feature, to be invalid and a third wasn’t infringed.

Today’s ruling overturns a verdict reached by a California jury in May 2014, which found Samsung devices to infringe on Apple’s patents. It also upholds a decision to make Apple pay Samsung $158,400 in damages for infringing on its video compression patent.

In this case, Apple claimed that Samsung infringed patents for the slide-to-unlock feature, autocorrect and a way to detect phone numbers that can then be touched to make phone calls. The autocorrect patent is invalid and the detection patent wasn’t infringed, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said in an opinion posted on its electronic docket. The court upheld the jury’s verdict that two other Apple patents, for universal search and background syncing, weren’t infringed.

This is not to be confused with the similar but separate ongoing patent suit between Apple and Samsung. In 2012, a jury awarded Apple $1 billion in damages, but that amount has since been cut to $548M. Samsung has appealed that case to the Supreme Court.

Source: Bloomberg

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  • Chris Tinnell

    Thats a shame. All Samsung does is copy Apple.

    • buddy

      Oh apple just does the same in the name of “reinventing”

  • iBanks

    Lol. I send this tip in at 11:14am from yahoo finance and their source is Bloomberg? iDB is becoming something else.

    • somaxd

      yeah because OBIOUSLY iDB didnt see bloombergs post at 6:37 AM PST… your 11:14am tip was definitely first.

      • Shinonuke

        Lol. Busting his bubbles

      • iBanks

        Not even a little bit.

      • iBanks

        If you were paying attention, many of their posted articles came AFTER the Bloomberg post. Looking at how late in the day it had become since the posting, clearly that tip reached them much earlier than any of the other postings, therefore had they seen the Bloomberg post that early they would have written about it that early.

    • Digitalfeind

      You are always whining about this crap. Get over it.

      • iBanks

        And will continue. What’s the point of an tip hotline and sending them in and the website gives no recognition of the received tip? This isn’t an anonymous tip hotline at your job or in the neighborhood. You send a tip in and then weeks later there’s a post about that same information you sent and no acknowledgment of you sending it in is insane. Has happened multiple times and it’s crazy.

      • diggitydang

        Sooooo… Stop sending them tips…

        Are you really that egotistical though, that you to need them to say they got this from the one and only iBanks???

      • Digitalfeind

        It is the perfect definition of insanity.

      • Shinonuke

        Sounds like you need some experience with how News article runs. What they post are not same day articles unless it’s an emergent or “just in” types. A lot of articles are prep one day ahead. If sending tips and getting acknowledgements is a big deal for you then why not work in the News industries?

        P.S. Some of these guys that responds to your post is savage AF. lol

      • Jerry

        yeah? just like Bloomberg paid off a bunch of people to be the only mayor to be in office for 8 years? Bloomberg is a piece of crap so whatever they post I’m sure they paid off someone for it so they deserve no recognition. He ruined New York and is the main problem why its going down hill today

  • Rowan09

    Just forget about these lawsuits and move forward, it’s a waste of time now.

    • Shinonuke

      Totally agree

    • diggitydang

      Just forget about $500 mil???

      • Rowan09

        This case is for 120 million, but even if it was 500 million how much did they spend? Plus the phones that’s going to be banned are useles now.

      • diggitydang

        Wouldn’t they get compensation for each unit sold though? And for Apple, I think it’s more about not copying them – whether they did or didn’t…

      • Shinonuke

        It was fun at first but now it’s just a waste of money. There are certain ways of making a phone, whether it be functional or the appearance. Both parties are just wasting money with litigations instead of R&D. Imagine the car industry doing this. Ford will be suing everyone for the two door, 3 window, and 4 wheels design. Oh then we will have some companies suing for having door handles to open the car doors. Get what I am saying?

      • diggitydang

        Very good points. I hear ya.

  • Zencowboy007

    Simply “wonder if” this has anything to do with the FBI and iOS software crack. Just a thought

    • Jackson Grong

      My thought too, wouldn’t be the first time the USA abuses it’s powers.

  • Miloven

    Well just show the to the judges.

    • Mike

      What about this?

    • lemonhead

      well if people didn’t adapt to change, we would still live in the stoneage…

      so all this patent war is so ridiculous!

  • Lordrootman

    FOR THE SAKE OF FBI against APPLE court decision

  • Long overdue, all apple does is steal patents and use them to stifle competition they can’t defeat…

    http://bit. ly/1QIlMTy
    http://bit. ly/1O62SXP
    http://bit. ly/1TMm0ID
    http://bit. ly/1QIi0JQ
    http://bit. ly/1I5UYvp

  • Charles222

    This bullshit is still going on?

    Seriously. 120 million is nothing in terms of how much Apple makes quarterly, and I’d bet their litigation costs exceeded 120 million a long time ago.

    Time to just call it a day already.