Apple wins US patent ruling against Samsung

September 18, 2015 08:15
A US appeals court found Apple's request for an injunction against Samsung's use of patented iPhone features to be a reasonable one. Photo: Reuters

A US court said Apple Inc. should have been awarded an injunction barring Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. from selling products that infringe its patents.

The appeals court in Washington said Thursday the lower court abused its discretion when it denied Apple an injunction after a jury ordered Samsung to pay US$120 million in May last year for infringing three of Apple's patents.

The case involved patents covering the iPhone's slide-to-unlock, autocorrect and data detection features.

The 2-1 appeals court ruling said Apple's proposed injunction is narrow because it does not want to ban Samsung's devices from the marketplace and that Samsung can remove the patented features without recalling its products.

The case was sent back to a federal district court in San Jose, California, to reconsider the injunction.

In the Apple-Samsung patent wars, "Apple has won every round", Michael Risch, a professor of law at Villanova University School of Law, was quoted as saying.

"But the reality is it hasn't actually slowed Samsung down."

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