Apple Wins Latest Round in Neverending Samsung Patent Fight

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Apple Wins Latest Round in Neverending Samsung Patent Fight.

Apple emerged victorious in its latest patent spat with Samsung this week when a U.S. appeals court ruled that Samsung should have been banned from using certain patented features in its devices. The court of appeals for the federal circuit in Washington DC said the lower court, led by US district judge Lucy Koh, abused its discretion by denying Apple an injunction against Samsung after a jury ordered the Korean company to pay $120m in May last year for infringing three of Apple’s patents.Apple’s smartwatch was also named wearable technology of the year as the iPhone-maker walked away with four awards in total from the ceremony in London; also winning best brand and best laptop or tablet for the iPad Air 2. The appeals court ruling said that Apple’s proposed injunction is narrow because it does not want to ban Samsung’s devices from the marketplace, and that Samsung can remove the patented features without recalling its products.

The whole battle dates back to 2011, but this particular part of it got started about a year ago when a California jury awarded Apple $120 million for patent infringement. After the jury verdict last year, Koh refused Apple’s request for a permanent injunction to stop Samsung from selling the infringing features on its smartphones.

Calling Apple’s injunction request “unfounded”, a spokeswoman said Samsung will ask the full slate of federal circuit judges to review the latest decision. The decision could have far-reaching consequences in how disputes are resolved when it comes to complex devices, and help patent owners limit copying by rivals.

In a year of outstanding new products, this stood out to all of the judges and voting public as the outstanding tech of 2015. “The tech and fashion media have nothing in common, yet both enthused about Apple Watch. The two companies are embroiled in a separate case stemming from 2012, which saw Apple initially awarded $930m for Samsung infringing patents and design features, which was reduced by $382m in May this year. Software updates released in the meantime mean that Galaxy devices no longer offer a slide to unlock feature, for example. “We want to reassure our millions of loyal customers that all of our smartphones, which are wanted and loved by American consumers, will remain for sale and available for customer service support in the US.” This latest ruling doesn’t mean that the patent battle is near to completion. It’s a worthy winner of the 2015 gadget of the year.” This year’s outstanding achievement award went to Palmer Luckey, the inventor of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. A past Apple settlement with HTC Corp. included a “no cloning” provision that ensured HTC’s phones didn’t look too similar to the iPhone, and the ruling Thursday helps do the same to other makers, like China’s Xiaomi, that want to enter the US market.

The firms argued that a decision against Samsung would have a “devastating impact on companies that spend billions of dollars annually on research and development for complex technologies and their components”. µ In the years since, the case expanded to dozens of courts around the globe, including South Korea, Japan, Australia, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, and the U.K. Apple won a $119.6 million jury verdict in May 2014 against Samsung, which was found to have infringed its patents for the slide-to-unlock, autocorrect and quicklinks features.

Last year, Apple and Samsung agreed to drop all patent litigation outside of the U.S., leaving only its American-based cases to be settled in the courtroom. The specific features had some impact on customer decisions to buy products, and that should be considered when determining whether to block use of an invention, the court said. Apple can go back and argue to the trial judge that Samsung’s newer versions still infringe the patents, setting up yet more legal debates between the two. “The public generally does not benefit when that competition comes at the expense of a patentee’s investment- backed property right,” Circuit Judge Kimberly Moore wrote for the majority. “This is not a case where the public would be deprived of Samsung’s products.

In a September 11 filing with the court in San Francisco, both sides said they were willing to work with a mediator to resolve the case, with Apple going so far as to suggest binding arbitration. Verified email addresses: All users on Independent Media news sites are now required to have a verified email address before being allowed to comment on articles.

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