Apple og Samsung er tilbage til hvor de var for to år siden. En føderal appeldomstol genoprettede kun maj 2014-dommen, der ville tildele Cupertino-giganten med $ 120 millioner, efter at det blev bevist, at Sydkorea-mærket faktisk overtrådte nogle patenter.
Ifølge Wall Street Journal, the federal appeals court reinstated the $119.6 million jury verdict in favor of Tim Cook’s company in its fight against Samsung that was overturned by a U.S. circuit appeals in February.
The case centers on three key smartphone functions that were patented by Apple: slide-to-unlock, autocorrect and the feature that automatically transforms information into links called quick links. By reinstating the verdict, the court is saying that there was substantial evidence to prove that Samsung infringed Apple’s patents.
The reinstatement was not reached unanimously as three out of the 11 judges were not in favor of reinstating Apple’s victory. Nevertheless, the majority of the appeals court judges saw that the three-judge panel that overturned the case six months ago did not follow the U.S. Supreme Court limits on the scope of its review by examining outside evidence, as per Reuters.
Fordi tredomspanelet handlede uretmæssigt under afgørelsen efter at have taget hensyn til oplysninger, der ikke var angivet i første forsøg, har den føderale appelretten besluttet at genindføre den første afgørelse og tilføjede også, at Apple også skulle betale Samsung $ 158,400 i erstatning fordi Cupertino-giganten krænkede et video- og galleripatent for Sydkorea-teknologibedriften, Engadget har lært
Out of the three patented features, the one pertaining to quick links gave Apple entitlement to over $98 million in damages, since the Cupertino giant invented the feature. Regarding the slide-to-unlock feature, it was said that there was “substantial evidence of copying by Samsung.” As for the autocorrect feature, the appeals court rejected Samsung’s argument that Apple’s patent was invalid. This now accounts for $18 million out of the total amount that Apple is being awarded.
Både Apple og Samsung har endnu ikke kommenteret denne nye udvikling i deres langvarige krig mod patenter.