A federal appeals court has handed a partial victory to Apple, upholding court findings smartphone rival Samsung Electronics Co. infringed the iPhone maker’s intellectual property but setting aside part of a $930m jury award.
Apple prevailed on the most central issue, with the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirming Monday that a range of Samsung’s devices infringed several of Apple’s patented inventions for the iPhone.
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 40pc of the $930m 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 colour 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 yesterday.
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.
The 2012 trial between the two smartphone titans was widely watched, and the jury found Samsung violated several Apple patents including those related to iPhone's design and appearance.
Apple was eventually awarded $930m in damages, but failed to win a ban on the sale of the infringing Samsung phones, which are now no longer on the market.
The appeals court further muddied the waters for Apple by ordering the court in San Jose to reconsider the $382 million portion awarded for trade dress dilution.