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Federal appeals court overturns Apple patent win against Samsung

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [official website] on Friday overturned [opinion, PDF] a 2014 verdict [materials] against Samsung in its patent infringement conflict with Apple [corporate websites]. The appeals court found that Samsung did not infringe on Apple's quick links patent and that two other patents asserted by Apple were not valid. Accordingly, Samsung will no longer have to pay the nearly $120 million it had been ordered by a jury to pay to Apple. The court did, however, uphold the district court's verdict against Apple, ordering that the company must still pay Samsung money owed to it for infringing its patent on video compression. The 2014 verdict, passed down by the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website], had ordered [JURIST report] Samsung to pay $119.6 million to Apple over patents for smartphone features, and Apple to pay $158,400 to Samsung.

This is the most recent installment of the ongoing patent dispute [JURIST op-ed] between the two electronics giants. In January the US District Court for the Northern District of California granted [JURIST report] Apple's motion for a permanent injunction against Samsung for infringing upon three software patents. In December the companies and this court released a joint statement regarding damages that Samsung owed Apple [JURIST report]. In August 2014 the US District Court for the Northern District of California denied [JURIST report] Apple's request to ban Samsung from selling any of its products that infringed on Apple's patented technology. Earlier in August 2014 Apple and Samsung agreed to drop [JURIST report] all patent infringement lawsuits in courts outside of the US. In June 2014 Apple and Samsung also agreed to dismiss [JURIST report] their appeals of a patent infringement case at the US International Trade Commission [official website] that resulted in an import ban on some older model Samsung phones.

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