Samsung wins the latest round in Apple patent battle

In 2014, a San Jose federal court issued a verdict that ordered Samsung to pay Apple $119.6 million for infringing three of Cupertino's patents. Samsung appealed that decision, and today, a U.S. appeals court overturned the ruling. The full text of the decision is available here.

The federal court had awarded Apple $98.7 million for infringement of a patent that "covers software to detect 'structures', such as a phone number, in text and to turn those structures into links." The appeals court ruled that "Apple failed to prove… that the accused Samsung products use an 'analyzer server' as we previously construed that term," and that Samsung therefore did not infringe the patent.

The other two patents in dispute—one that covers the iPhone's slide-to-unlock feature, and another that describes auto-correct software that automatically fixes typing errors on a phone—were both ruled invalid by the appeals court due to prior art.

The two mobility giants have been sparring over patents for some time now. A separate dispute between the two companies culminated in Samsung forking over $548 million in damages to Apple last December.

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    • DarkMikaru
    • 4 years ago

    I’m already not a fan of apple and this makes me even less so. Sad.

      • TheJack
      • 4 years ago

      Once Apple capitulate, all others will follow.

    • WaltC
    • 4 years ago

    The great thing is that Apple can no longer use its never-should-have-been-granted patents to stave off competition! The patents have been trashed! Every time Apple loses consumers win.

      • TheJack
      • 4 years ago

      Not in this case.

    • TheJack
    • 4 years ago

    You help us, you win all patent wars, you don’t, you won’t. Simple as that.

    • blastdoor
    • 4 years ago

    Steve Jobs chose to fight a legal war over patents.

    Tim Cook has chosen to fight a legal war over privacy/security.

    As an Apple customer, this is one instance where I think I like Cook’s priorities better.

      • TheJack
      • 4 years ago

      Most likely, there will be a behind the curtain agreement. The government has so many means of crushing any company.

        • blastdoor
        • 4 years ago

        That’s certainly possible, and it’s why any seriously competent terrorist organization probably isn’t relying on Apple’s security measures anyway.

          • derFunkenstein
          • 4 years ago

          They’re probably using Windows Phone. Security through obscurity, right?

    • Chrispy_
    • 4 years ago

    How many billions have the lawyers earned since this spat started?

    • TheJack
    • 4 years ago

    Wonder if this has anything to do with the Apple vs Gov. standoff.

    • watzupken
    • 4 years ago

    I feel this patent war is seriously pointless considering that both are losing parties as they don’t stand to gain, but spent truck loads of money on their legal fees. The winner here: the lawyers.

      • Liron
      • 4 years ago

      I don’t think anyone at either company even remembers what they’re in this case for. This has serious WWI vibes at this point.

    • odizzido
    • 4 years ago

    It’s amazing that companies make enough money in the US to keep selling products there with all this stupidity going on.

      • End User
      • 4 years ago

      $119.6 million is a drop in the bucket. Apples total revenue for 2015 alone was $233.7 billion.

      This was never about the money.

        • odizzido
        • 4 years ago

        That’s revenue not profit. It also covers the entire world and that 120mil is just for the US market. You’d need to see profit coming from just the states to really see.

        Anyways I am sure they still make money despite this but that’s apple. I am sure there are many companies which could be(have been?) crushed by something like this.

          • End User
          • 4 years ago

          Apple spent more than $8.8 billion on stock repurchases and dividends in the fourth quarter of 2015 alone. $120 million is peanuts. Apple makes more than enough to cover what they believe is an act of protecting their business.

          • flip-mode
          • 4 years ago

          Yeah, he’s right though. 120 million is appreciably less than 1% of Apples profit last QUARTER.

      • Welch
      • 4 years ago

      Oh don’t worry about them making money, they will get their cash. They simply take it out of the American peoples pocket books. Also in the event they are about to fail they will ask us to bail them out and the government will give in.

        • TheJack
        • 4 years ago

        Apple is a brand name which requires high standards. Imagine every government not asking but telling them to open their backdoor for them. ( The word rape comes to mind ). Stay on topic.

          • Welch
          • 4 years ago

          Ummm wrong article there Jack. I don’t care about their “high standard”. My comments were in regards to our governmental policies, to include patents and our willingness to bail out rich companies. Not that Apple has ever needed that or remotely asked for it. Just was a joke comment in regards to odizzido’s post

          “It’s amazing that companies make enough money in the US to keep selling products there with all this stupidity going on.”

          So how about you read some context and get off the Apple high horse.

            • TheJack
            • 4 years ago

            I will.

        • Welch
        • 4 years ago

        Downvote all you want Applenauts, it wasn’t even a jab at Apple. But simply the screwed up system we have allowed in this country. We have a patent system that allows companies to patent the broadest of ideas and then sue others into submission. Then if they come close to failure our grand system won’t let them. Apple will make their money in their high priced hardware one way or another.

        You don’t have to like what I said but it doesn’t make it any less true.

    • albundy
    • 4 years ago

    they might have won this battle, but they lost bigtime lately on having the best phones.

      • trackerben
      • 4 years ago

      Yes, having the best phones doesn’t help when they’re priced higher than the competition. Maybe the premium is justified on iOS being a more stable and secure mobile OS. But many find the flexibility and feature range of Android more appealing despite the usage and malware issues. Other have found Windows Phone to be just as secure and its UI as shareable and easy to use as iOS.

        • hansmuff
        • 4 years ago

        Malware issues? I’m not being ignorant but when you stay within the Google Play walled garden, what malware is there? A lot of the exploits rely on “side loading” from other sources.

          • biffzinker
          • 4 years ago

          [url=https://www.grahamcluley.com/2016/01/beware-malicious-android-games-google-play-store<]Beware malicious android games google play store[/url<] [url=https://www.secureworldexpo.com/researchers-spot-porn-clicker-campaign-google-play<]Researchers spot porn clicker campaign on Google Play[/url<] Most recent ^ one reported

            • kuttan
            • 4 years ago

            Such issues rarely happens inside PlayStore. Even then its best to use a simple light weight anti virus for example BitDefender Free which had cloud scan with every app installations.

            • trackerben
            • 4 years ago

            That you have to recommend anti-malware is telling in itself. Android features can be really good, but not its uneven architecture and ecosystem vulnerabilities.

            • Firestarter
            • 4 years ago

            the iPhone’s perceived security comes at a heavy cost, good luck using anything that isn’t explicitly curated by Apple. At least Google allows you to mess things up yourself if you so desire

            • blastdoor
            • 4 years ago

            [quote<]At least Google allows you to mess things up yourself if you so desire[/quote<] I hope that Apple never copies that aspect of Android.

            • trackerben
            • 4 years ago

            Systems security vs. flexibility is mostly about trade-offs. People who need a tool to supplement their lives will seek polish and availability. Those whose lives center on a tool will seek variety and customization. Those who want both can get both types, which is what I do when tooling around.

            • kuttan
            • 4 years ago

            The more popular an OS the more hackers and malware targets such OSes. Can we imagine running a Windows PC without Anti Virus software ?? Absolutely not.

            • trackerben
            • 4 years ago

            This isn’t just about Play Store or Google Services. Deeply hooked remote and codebase exploits are the rage:

            [url<]http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-33914826[/url<] Android security patch 'flawed' [url<]https://techreport.com/news/29015/android-stagefright-bug-exploit-sample-code-published[/url<] Android Stagefright bug exploit sample code published [url<]http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34719564[/url<] Google reveals Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge's security flaws [url<]http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-35669817[/url<] Baidu apps found to be 'leaking' personal data That's not to say Google's management of Play doesn't also have huge issues: [url<]http://news.mit.edu/2015/data-transferred-android-apps-hiding-1119[/url<] What are your apps hiding?

      • jihadjoe
      • 4 years ago

      The S7 is shaping up to be [url=http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2016/02/galaxy-s7-and-s7-edge-hands-on-these-phones-are-so-good-you-can-almost-forgive-touchwiz/<]pretty awesome[/url<]. Too bad it'll still have touchwiz.

        • willmore
        • 4 years ago

        I agree. iPhones are nice, but too bad they only run iOS.

    • DreadCthulhu
    • 4 years ago

    That slide to unlock has to be one of the stupidest patents ever. The [b<]first[/b<] slide locks were invented thousands of years ago. Just because you put it on a [s<]computer[/s<] phone doesn't mean you should be able to patent it.

      • xeridea
      • 4 years ago

      Yeah I always thought it were silly they somehow patented unlocking a touchscreen device with the touchscreen.

      • Voldenuit
      • 4 years ago

      I agree that patents are getting ridiculous. Pretty soon somebody will patent using atoms or electrons to produce a desired change or effect, and the USPTO will rubber stamp it.

      • Chrispy_
      • 4 years ago

      I’m pretty sure it’s the USPTO that’s to blame here. Apple are just trolling the system because the system deserves to be trolled in its current state and anyone in the business of making money would be a fool to leave that resource untapped.

        • rxc6
        • 4 years ago

        This is more than trolling the system when they used it as part of their patent attack and defended it fiercely.

      • spugm1r3
      • 4 years ago

      This is the sort of thing that always struck me as odd about the patent business, in particular in the software space. The [i<]appearance[/i<] of the slide-to-unlock could be trademarked, the code could potentially be copyrighted, but patenting the slide-to-unlock is the rough equivalent of a patent on raising your hand to ask a question, it is the natural thing to do in that situation.

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