Apple gets partial win on appeal in Samsung patent case

Mon May 18, 2015 10:57pm EDT
 
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By Andrew Chung and Julia Love

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote) was handed a mixed ruling by a U.S. appeals court in the latest twist in a blockbuster intellectual property battle with Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS: Quote), as a prior patent infringement verdict was upheld but a trademark finding that the iPhone's appearance could be protected was thrown out.

That means up to 40 percent of a $930 million verdict which had been won by Apple must be reconsidered.

In the highly anticipated ruling stemming from the global smartphone wars, the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. upheld patent infringement violations including one which protects the shape and color of its iPhone as well as the damages awarded for those violations.

"This is a victory for design and those who respect it," Apple said in a statement on Monday.

Samsung welcomed the court ruling regarding the trademark finding.

"We remain confident that our products do not infringe on Apple’s design patents and other intellectual property, and we will continue to take all appropriate measures to protect our products," it said in a statement.

Shares in Samsung climbed 2.6 percent in Seoul trading after the decision, beating the wider market's .KS11 0.6 percent gain.

The long-running dispute with Samsung dates back to when former Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs was still alive and was seen as emblematic of his tendency to fiercely defend the company's proprietary designs and technology from copies.   Continued...

 
A woman holding an Apple iPhone passes a Samsung Galaxy S6 advertisement at a mall in Singapore April 24, 2015. Samsung is expected to announce Q1 results this week. Picture taken April 24, 2015.  REUTERS/Edgar Su