U.S. appeals court overturns Apple’s $120 million jury verdict against Samsung

A U.S. appeals court has overturned a $120 million jury verdict against Samsung. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., said Samsung did not infringe Apple’s “quick links” patent, and that two other patents covering the iPhone’s slide-to-unlock and auto-correct features were invalid.

The court also said Apple was liable for infringing one of Samsung’s patents.

In a statement, 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.”

Friday’s ruling was issued by a unanimous three-judge panel of the Federal Circuit, the country’s top court specializing in patent issues.

The ruling reverses a May 2014 verdict from a federal court in San Jose, California ordering Samsung to pay $119.6 million for using Apple’s patented technology without permission.

Infringement of the quick links feature, which allows the device to recognise data on the touchscreen, such as a phone number, and link to it to make a call, accounted for nearly $99 million of the damages.

While 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.

A spokeswoman for Apple declined to comment.

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