The US Court of Appeals has overturned the 2014 verdict of a California federal court that held Samsung guilty of infringing on Apple’s smartphone patents and directed the former to pay $119.6 as damages.
Apple had dragged Samsung to court alleging that the latter infringed on its “quick links” patent along with two other patents covering the iPhone’s slide-to-unlock and auto-correct features. For those who aren’t aware, the quick links feature lets devices recognize data such as phone numbers and turn them into clickable links.
In its verdict yesterday, the appeals court rejected Apple’s allegations saying that Samsung did not infringe on the iphone maker’s “quick links” patent as the South Korean company’s technology for detection and linking is completely different, and adding that the other two patents cited in the case were invalid. Interestingly, the court observed that it is in fact Apple which has infringed on one of Samsung’s patents.
Commenting on the decision, a Samsung spokesperson said, “Today’s decision is a win for consumer choice and puts competition back where it belongs – in the marketplace, not in the courtroom.” On the other hand, Apple declined to offer any comment.
The verdict comes less than a month after Apple – in a separate case – asked the US Supreme Court not to take up the South Korean company’s appeal. That case has so far seen Samsung agreeing to pay Apple $548 million to settle it.