Samsung Succeeds in Overturning $120M Damages Award for Apple

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.


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.