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Samsung Succeeds in Overturning $120M Damages Award for Apple

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Last month, we reported how Samsung was busy trying to convince the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that it isn’t liable to pay $120 million in damages to Apple. Today, the South Korean tech giant has finally succeeded in overturning the $120 jury verdict, earning a significant win in the longstanding patent dispute with its Cupertino rival, Reuters is reporting.

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According to the report, the U.S. appeals court has said that 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. Furthermore, Apple was liable for infringing one of Samsung’s patents. The 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 recognize 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.

A spokeswoman for Apple declined to comment on the court’s decision.

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