Appeals Court Restores $120 Million Award To Apple In Patent Fight With Samsung

The two companies will face off again next week at the Supreme Court.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Friday reinstated a $120 million jury award forApple Inc against Samsung, in another stunning twist in the fierce patent war between the world’s top smartphone manufacturers.

The full slate of judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., said a previous panel of the same court should not have overturned the verdict in the case involving three iPhone technology patents last February.

Friday’s 8-3 decision said the jury verdict was supported by substantial evidence and that the three-judge appeals court panel did not follow U.S. Supreme Court limits on the scope of its review.

The appeal stems from a May 2014 verdict from a federal court in San Jose, California, which ordered Samsung to pay $119.6 million for using Apple’s patented slide-to-unlock, autocorrect and “quick link” features without permission.

The jury had also found that Apple infringed a Samsung patent on digital photo technology and awarded $158,400 in damages. Friday’s decision upholds that award.

The two companies have been battling over mobile device technology patents for years, withApple mostly prevailing.

In December, Samsung paid Apple $548.2 million stemming from a separate patent case. Part of that dispute has been appealed to the Supreme Court, which will hear it on Tuesday.


(Reporting by Andrew Chung; Editing by Alexia Garamfalvi and Lisa Von Ahn)