An Apple patent lawsuit against Samsung that began in 2011 may have finally reached its conclusion. Today, the US Court of Appeals upheld the lawsuit’s original 2014 verdict, awarding Apple $120 million (approximately £96.5 million, AU$158 million) in damages.
The dispute was over Apple’s patents for swipe to unlock, autocorrect and quick links feature. Quick links allowed phone numbers and addresses to automatically be turned into links. Ironically, Apple’s latest iOS 10 update got rid of slide to unlock feature.
Today’s decision reinstates a victory that was overturned earlier this year by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In an 8-3 verdict, the Court said that the three-judge panel, the same panel that opposed today’s verdict, was wrong to throw out the case in February of this year.
“The jury verdict on each issue is supported by substantial evidence in the record,” said Judge Kimberly Moore in the court document.
Today’s decision is an important one, as it sets a precedent for Apple’s smartphone patents. Competitors will now have to re-engineer their unlock methods, autocorrect systems and quick links or risk a costly lawsuit with Apple.
The battle continues
The Apple vs Samsung battle isn’t over yet. Today’s court decision comes less than a week before the US Supreme Court considers Apple’s case against Samsung for copying the design of its iPhone.
In August, over 100 renown designers from around the world, including Calvin Klein, Dieter Rams and Alexander Wang, filed an amicus brief in support of Apple. The designers claimed that a product’s visual design has “powerful effects on the human mind and decision making processes.” The brief cites a 1949 study that showed 99% of Americans could identify a Coca-Cola bottle by its shape alone.
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