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Samsung wins appeal in patent dispute with Apple

By Dmitry Rashnitsov   |   Feb. 26, 2016 at 3:19 PM
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LOS ANGELES, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- A federal appeals court on Friday overturned a $120 million jury verdict against Samsung in a patent dispute with Apple.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled Samsung didn't violate patents on technology like turning phone numbers into links or the slide-to-unlock feature.

The two technology giants have been fighting over patent infringement since 2011, with courts mostly agreeing that both companies infringed on each other's technology. This is the first time a court has overturned a ruling in the dispute.

Apple originally sought $2 billion in the case. A jury in 2014 awarded $120 million.

Neither company had immediate comment on the decision to overturn that award.

Friday's decision came from a unanimous three-judge panel of the Federal Circuit, the nation's top court specializing in patent issues.

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