$120 Million Apple Patent Win Against Samsung Reinstated

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In another setback for Samsung this week, an appeals court reinstated a $120 million patent judgment that Apple won in the companies' long-running feud.

As Bloomberg reports, the full US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit today reversed a February decision by a three-judge panel that threw out a $119.6 million verdict in Apple's favor.

At issue are patents covering slide-to-unlock, tap-to-call, and autocorrect features.

In February, the court found that the slide-to-unlock and autocorrect patents were invalid, while tap-to-call wasn't actually infringed. Apple's '647 patent, which describes how to turn phone numbers into links, allowing people to call a number in one click, was worth $98.7 million alone. So the February decision meant Samsung didn't didn't have to pony up $120 million or change its product designs.

Today, however, the court ruled in favor of Apple in an 8-3 vote. As Bloomberg notes, the vote was a surprise and the three who voted against it were the ones who threw out the $120 million judgment in the first place.

This case is separate from an Aug. 2012 decision that awarded Apple $1.05 billion, a sum that has since been reduced to $548 million. Samsung is taking that one all the way to the Supreme Court, which will consider it next week.

Last year, Apple and Samsung agreed to drop all patent litigation outside of the States, leaving only US cases to be fought in court.

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