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U.S. Appeals court overturns Apple's $119.6 million victory over Samsung in patent trial 2

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U.S. Appeals court overturns Apple's $119.6 million victory over Samsung in patent trial 2
Samsung finally obtained some relief from the U.S. legal system. Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. overturned a $119.6 million damages award against Samsung that was won by Apple 21 months ago. The appeals court ruled that Samsung did not infringe on Apple's "quick-links" patent. The appeals court also said that Apple's patents on slide-to-unlock and auto-correct were invalid. The quick-links infringement alone made up $99 million of the award. This feature allows a user to tap on a phone number posted on a touchscreen, and have the handset dial that number.

In an interesting turnaround, the appeals court did say that Apple was liable for infringing on a Samsung patent, although no details were released. Apple declined to comment on today's rulings, while Samsung had nothing to say at the moment.

The legal victory has been a long time coming for Samsung, as Apple has generally been the victor when the two rivals have worked out their differences in court. For example, at the end of last year Samsung paid Apple $548.2 million in reference to a separate patent infringement lawsuit between the two tech titans. Samsung has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its argument on that case. To get the court to hear its argument, Samsung is trying to have the highest court in the land re-visit the idea of patent law reform in the states.

A three-judge panel made the ruling that was announced today, which essentially wipes out a $119.6 million damages award that Apple won on May 2nd, 2014. That was the result of the second patent trial between the two companies. Similar to the first trial, Apple accused Samsung of illegally using some Apple patents without its permission. The difference is that the second trial featured newer Samsung devices.

source: Reuters

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posted on 26 Feb 2016, 11:48 33

1. j2001m (Posts: 2977; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Hahahahahaha, this is what happen when you mess with the fbi and the courts in the USA, all change for apple

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 12:00 13

8. shiftt (Posts: 333; Member since: 03 May 2015)


LMFAO

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 12:53 8

25. s.kumaran (Posts: 25; Member since: 18 Feb 2016)


j2001m - what a shameless iFan.

Apple is a biggest fraud company, Apple to pay €318 million fine for tax fraud in Italy - neowin.net/news/apple-to-pay-318-million-fine-for-​tax-fruad-in-italy

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 19:47 2

85. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


Apple you are a pos.

posted on 27 Feb 2016, 11:59

119. Bernoulli (Posts: 4089; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Completely unrelated but ok

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 14:37

62. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


That is just foul. The Government is just seeking to punish Apple more and more until they give in. I hope Apple does not.

posted on 27 Feb 2016, 03:06 3

98. cheetah2k (Posts: 1596; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


Foul for what? Foul that Judge Koh and her corrupt jury get two fingers poked in their eyes? I wonder if a % of all the under the table $$ that changed hands between Apple and Koh and co to get the verdict will now be taken back?

Apple's rough and tough tactics will only bite them in the asssss in the long term. It wont be long until they go from Hero to Zero!

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 16:40 7

70. kajam (Posts: 210; Member since: 24 Jun 2015)


Samsung should take this chance and file appeal for all Cases against apple

posted on 27 Feb 2016, 04:02 2

100. MSi_GS70 (unregistered)


This rotten cripple (apple) going on my nerves really!! It is disgusting ,disgraceful , rude, ashamed, tacky , milky , ... what else..
they trying to destroy samsung by ripping them off from never ending lawsuits..
but thank god they failed..
I hope Trump will teach them lesson soon !!! or this worst company needs to finish..

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 11:49 36

2. Silkrays (Posts: 6; Member since: 19 Feb 2016)


Samsung's time has started now.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 12:41 1

23. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 481; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Bah - it's like a nightmare game of table tennis. Apple's Ping vs Samsung's Pong. More appeals, more court time, more money for the lawyers. This changes nothing.

posted on 27 Feb 2016, 00:17 1

97. shm224 (Posts: 61; Member since: 19 Mar 2015)


@nexusKoolaid : it looks like Apple is going to pay Samsung's lawyer since they lost the case whereas Samsung's victory is upheld.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 11:51 24

3. lyndon420 (Posts: 4559; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Wow that's good news indeed. Ok so apple can forge ahead with keeping our rights intact while Samsung gets the ball rolling for some much needed patent overhauls. It's starting out to be great day!! :)

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 13:43

49. tedkord (Posts: 12245; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


If only.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 14:15 1

61. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 896; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


Finally I have seen a fair decision coming out of US. I wonder why this court didnt sided with their own company? thats not a common practice in US and rarely happen.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 11:55 24

4. HighOnAndroidFTW (Posts: 185; Member since: 26 Apr 2015)


Justice prevails, oh and........ OWNED

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 11:55 23

5. sissy246 (Posts: 1758; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


LMAO, karma lol

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 11:57 10

6. medicci37 (Posts: 1287; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Interesting timing

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 11:59 10

7. legiloca (Posts: 1410; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)


When karma hits you in the heart

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 12:00 6

9. Unordinary (Posts: 1951; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


Look at all these virgins rejoicing lmfao

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 12:15 23

16. htcisthebest (Posts: 211; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)


Your profile pic looks kinda creepy man...

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 12:34 6

22. Unordinary (Posts: 1951; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


Your username looks kind of hilarious >__>

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 12:50 22

24. John-Knotts (Posts: 156; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


Your defensiveness is hilarious

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 13:12 2

31. Unordinary (Posts: 1951; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


So defensive kekekeke. Like I said in post #9 lol

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 13:15 4

35. John-Knotts (Posts: 156; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


Lmao...sure.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 13:13 9

34. lyndon420 (Posts: 4559; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


What exactly are you trying to say with that comment? Virgins?

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 13:44 13

51. tedkord (Posts: 12245; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


That he's absolutely livid about the outcome of the appeal.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 13:56 7

58. aegislash (Posts: 516; Member since: 27 Jan 2015)


Why let internet comments bother you so much though?

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 23:40 3

94. tedkord (Posts: 12245; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


It's the actual verdict that is eating him up from the inside. The comments just push him over the edge.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 12:08 42

10. kevin91202 (Posts: 586; Member since: 08 Jun 2014)


"The legal victory has been a long time coming for Samsung, as Apple has generally been the victor when the two rivals have worked out their differences in court." -PA (Alan F.)

Let's clarify something: insert "U.S." before "court". Apple has been largely unsuccessful in their frivolous lawsuits against Samsung in most countries. Why? Because non-American judges and juries are not as easily swayed by hanging fruit.

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