Samsung Electronics (KRX:005930) won a patent case against Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) after the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington overturned a $119.6 million jury verdict that was in favor of the iPhone maker.
The three-judge panel of the Federal Circuit, which is the top court in the country specializing on patent issues, decided unanimously that Samsung did not infringe the “quick links” patent of Apple. They also ruled that Apple’s two other patents covering the slide-to-unlock and auto correct features of the iPhone were in valid.
Additionally, the Federal Circuit also upheld the jury’s verdict that the iPhone maker violated Samsung’s patent on video compression, and it has to pay $158,400 in damages to the South Korean electronics company.
The court’s ruling allows Samsung to continue using those smartphone features and it will no longer have to make changes on its older devices.
Other patent case between Samsung and Apple
Since 2011, Apple and Samsung have been engaged in global patent dispute. The case was one the two left in the patent lawsuits filed by both companies against each other. The iPhone maker won most of the cases.
A jury in the U.S. District Court of California found Samsung guilty of infringing the designs and utility patents of Apple and diluted its trade dresses. The jury awarded the iPhone maker $930 million in damages.
Samsung challenged the jury verdict in the Court of Appeals. In December, the Court of Appeals removed the damages related to the dress dilution and ordered South Korean electronics company to pay Apple $548 million in damages
Samsung filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the $399 million in damages from the $548 million. The South Korean electronics company argued that the award included all of its profits from infringing products.
“A patented design might be the essential feature of a spoon or rug. But the same is not true of smartphones, which contain countless other features that give them remarkable functionality wholly unrelated to their design. Even if the patented features contributed 1% of the value of Samsung’s phones, Apple gets 100% of Samsung’s profits,” according to Samsung in its petition.
Samsung pointed out that the patented designs were little more than rounded edges and the layout of the icons in the iPhone. It is still waiting for the Supreme Courts potential consideration of its petition.