Back in May of 2014, a San Jose court ruled that Samsung had to pay Apple $119.6 million for copyright infringement. That verdict was overturned today on appeal.
The original court case found that Samsung had infringed on Apple’s “quick link’s” patent. The quick links are Apple’s method of what allows the phone to recognize information on the screen, such as telephone numbers, and then allows the user to make a call from that. The other infringements had to do with the slide to unlock and auto-correct features. The quick links portion alone accounted for $99 million of the awarded damages.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. had a different ruling. Their judgment is that Samsung did notice infringe on Apple’s quick link patent, and decided that Apple’s other two patents were invalid. Anyone that has ever used, or texted with someone using an iPhone can attest that Apple’s auto-correct is indeed invalid.
In a surprise turn, the court also stated that Apple was liable for infringing on one of Samsung’s patents. Apple has been accusing Samsung of patent infringement for years, all while Samsung has been one of Apple’s major suppliers of components. In fact, to this wary blogger, it’s starting to appear that Apple can’t be content with not clogging up the court systems. Let’s hope this decision is a turning point. It would be nice if more judgements leaned this way so that Apple would stop seeing court cases as income and marketing.