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

In an attempt to expand their OLED screen production Samsung have said to invest another 6 billion Euros to double capacity. Apple is said to bring out phones with the Samsung made OLED screens in 2017. (Photo by Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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.

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