New Jersey smartphone users may be interested in learning that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has overturned an earlier ruling by a three-judge panel of that court. The ruling reinstated a jury verdict against Samsung for Apple in the amount of $119.6 million.
Apple had alleged that Samsung infringed on its patents for the slide-to-lock, autocorrect and quick links features. The jury found that Samsung had infringed on Apple's patents and had awarded Apple $119.6 million in damages, $99 million of which were for the quick links infringement.
The panel that heard Samsung's appeal had overturned the jury's verdict. Apple appealed that decision to the full court, and the court reinstated the verdict. The court found that the three-judge panel had gone beyond the allowable scope by relying on information that was outside of the record of the case. The Supreme Court has set limits on what evidence federal appeals courts can use when making their determinations. Samsung had to pay Apple $548.2 million in December in another patent infringement case, part of which will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Patent law helps to protect important and valuable intellectual property. If a person or a business has an invention, a patent might be a smart way to prevent others from stealing the idea. People might want to consult with an intellectual property attorney about getting patents. An attorney may help the client with the application. Patent applications are complex and require very specialized diagrams and information. Attorneys may also litigate in cases involving infringement of existing patents.
Source: Reuters, "U.S. court reinstates Apple $120 million patent win over Samsung," Oct. 7, 2016