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A US federal appeals court on Friday reinstated a $120 million award in favor of Apple in yet another twist to the fierce patent battle between Cupertino and Samsung.
Back in February, a circuit appeals court previously overturned the $120 million verdict that Apple was first awarded in May 2014. Now, it seems the tables have turned again, as the court said there was “substantial evidence” for the jury verdict related to Samsung’s infringement of Apple iPhone patents, Reuters reported.
Specifically, today’s U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decision stated that a variety of Samsung devices, including the Admire, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S3, and several Galaxy S II variants did actually infringe upon Apple’s patents, Engadget reported.
The court also added that the decision in February to toss out the original verdict was made mistakenly, as the three-judge panel examined evidence outside of the trial’s record.
Those patents covered “swipe-to-unlock,” auto-correct, and a “quick link” feature that would let links in one application open another app — the latter feature made up a whopping $99 million of the $120 million in damages that Apple claimed, according to Engadget.
It’s also worth noting that the bigger verdict Apple was awarded in 2012 has not been affected by today’s court decision. Another jury entirely awarded close to $1 billion in damages to Apple — though that number has been cut to $548.2 million through various appeals, and was awarded to Apple in December of last year.
Last summer, a court also denied a Samsung request for the verdict to be reconsidered. But that decision is being appealed as well, and the Supreme Court is slated to hear it on this coming Tuesday, Reuters reported.