Apple, Inc. Wins Ruling Against Samsung Electronics Ltd
Upon losing the patent case, Samsung will be required to remove all those three Apple patented features from its older smartphones and tablets.
Samsung Electronics Ltd had filed for an appeal against Apple Patent Case to the United States Supreme Court. According to Bloomberg, Apple has won the court ruling against Samsung. As per the ruling, the Korean Giant will be made to stop using Apple’s features in some of his older Galaxy smartphones and tablets. Due to this ruling, the multinational tech company gets an edge over the Korean firm in this dispute that has been going on since the last four years.
This battle started back in May, 2014 when Apple filed a case against the Korean tech giant on infringing its patents. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit had ordered Samsung to pay $120 million to Apple on which the tech firm had filed an appeal. The U.S Court said that the local court has abused its discretion as it had denied Apple to get that amount from Samsung.
The patent infringement was done on three of Apple, Inc.’s features which were autocorrect, iPhone’s slick to unlock feature and finally data detection. Apple’s complaint did not suggest that Samsung should call back its products; their main concern was that it should remove the patented features that it has put in some of its older smartphones and tablets. Apple has constantly repeated one of its old statements on the case saying that the Korean firm willfully stole their ideas and copied their products.
According to a professor of law at Villanova University School of Law, Michael Risch, the decision that the court presented on Thursday is limited as the firm has been invigorating for a possible injunction. He further added that Apple has already won this battle and every round, but the reality being that it has not slowed down Samsung at all yet.
Lucy Koh, the U.S District Judge, stated and kept her focus on the fact that Samsung customers don’t only buy their smartphone for the patented features but for many other reasons. Apple, Inc, according to Kod, should not have kept its focus on the fact that its products were ‘exclusive or the predominant reason’ behind Samsung’s sales or the customers solely bought the Samsung phones for those features.
Furthermore, she wrote that these features do play a major role while users are making a purchase as they make customers’ perception and the right to exclude any competitor who uses the others property. As for Samsung users, they are being made aware of the fact that they will not be deprived of the phones, as the firm can remove the patented features without calling back the products.
Samsung Stock has appreciated by 2.85% in the last trading session with a current market capital of 196.49 trillion.