The Pak Banker - - COMPANIES/BOSS -

Ap­ple Inc. lost an ap­peals court rul­ing Fri­day that in­val­i­dated two of its pa­tents, in­clud­ing the iPhone's slide-to-un­lock fea­ture, and threw out a $119.6 mil­lion jury ver­dict against Sam­sung Elec­tron­ics Co. The court rul­ing not only en­sures Sam­sung doesn't have to write an­other check to Ap­ple; it can also con­tinue us­ing the smart­phone fea­tures and won't have to make any changes to older mod­els. The ap­peals court threw out the ver­dict that Ap­ple had won, but up­held a jury find­ing that iPhone maker has to pay a $158,400 dam­age award for in­fring­ing a Sam­sung pa­tent on video com­pres­sion. The case is one of two ma­jor suits be­tween the com­pa­nies, which is all that's left of a global pa­tent war that be­gan in April 2011 when Ap­ple ac­cused Sam­sung of "slav­ishly" copy­ing the iPhone. An Ap­ple vic­tory in the other case, in­volv­ing the patented de­signs of the phone, was up­held on ap­peal and is await­ing pos­si­ble con­sid­er­a­tion by the US Supreme Court.

In this case, Ap­ple claimed that Sam­sung in­fringed pa­tents for the slide-to-un­lock fea­ture, au­to­cor­rect and a way to de­tect phone num­bers that can then be touched to make phone calls. The au­to­cor­rect pa­tent is in­valid and the de­tec­tion pa­tent wasn't in­fringed, the US Court of Ap­peals for the Fed­eral Cir­cuit said in an opin­ion posted on its elec­tronic docket. The court up­held the jury's ver­dict that two other Ap­ple pa­tents, for uni­ver­sal search and back­ground sync­ing, weren't in­fringed. Sam­sung had a coun­ter­claim re­lated to video com­pres­sion. The jury said Ap­ple in­fringed one pa­tent and not the other; the ap­peals court agreed. A Fed­eral Cir­cuit panel in Septem­ber said Ap­ple was en­ti­tled to a nar­row or­der that would have forced Sam­sung to re­move the slide-to-un­lock and other fea­tures that were found to in­fringe the Ap­ple pa­tents. Two Fed­eral Cir­cuit judges were on both pan­els.

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