Samsung wins patent war with Apple

After a long battle, Samsung sees victory as $120m patent appeal with Apple is dismissed

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Samsung wins patent war with Apple  The battle began in 2011 when Apple accused the South Korean smartphone manufacturer for copying particular features on the iPhone
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  February 28, 2016

The US Federal Circuit Court of Appeals granted Samsung a legal victory over its patent war with Apple related to the operation of smartphones.

In 2014 a US District Court jury ruled that Samsung had infringed on eight software patents, including 647, 721 and 172. Though Apple sought $2.2bn the iPhone giant had been granted $119.6m instead.

The battle began in 2011 when Apple accused the South Korean smartphone manufacturer for copying particular features on the iPhone. Apple had claimed that Samsung infringed on patents for sliding to unlock the phone, auto-correcting text and detecting when a series of numbers can be dialled to make a phone call.

However, a panel of three judges stated Samsung did not infringe the patents, and that the first two should not have been granted at all.

"We have spent decades developing some of the most revolutionary products and services in the technology industry, and today's decision proves that we did not infringe on any of Apple's patents," Samsung said in a statement. "Today's decision is a win for consumer choice and puts competition back where it belongs -- in the marketplace, not in the courtroom."

Apple has declined to comment.

Furthermore, the judges upheld a verdict that Apple infringed one of Samsung's patents linked to the camera systems and image compression. Apple was originally ordered to pay $158,400 and according to the judges, the payment still stands.

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