(Adds background, comment from law professor)
By Andrew Chung
NEW YORK Oct 7 A federal appeals court on
Friday reinstated a $120 million jury award for Apple Inc
against Samsung, marking the latest twist
in the fierce patent war between the world's top smartphone
The court said that there was substantial evidence for the
jury verdict related to Samsung's infringement of Apple patents
on its slide-to-unlock and autocorrect features, as well as
quick links, which automatically turn information like addresses
and phone numbers into links.
Friday's decision was made by the full slate of judges on
the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington,
D.C. In an 8-3 ruling, the judges said that a previous panel of
the same court should not have overturned the verdict last
The three-judge panel did not follow U.S. Supreme Court
limits on the scope of its review, because it examined evidence
outside the record of the case, the decision said.
Representatives for Samsung and Apple could not immediately
be reached for comment.
The appeal stems from a May 2014 verdict from a federal
court in San Jose, California, which ordered Samsung to pay
$119.6 million for using the Apple features without permission.
Infringement of the quick links feature accounted for nearly $99
million of the damages.
The jury had also found that Apple infringed a Samsung
patent on digital photo technology and awarded $158,400 in
damages. Friday's decision upholds that award.
The two companies have been battling over mobile device
technology patents for years, with Apple mostly prevailing.
In December, Samsung paid Apple $548.2 million stemming from
a separate patent case. Part of that dispute has been appealed
to the Supreme Court, which will hear it on Tuesday.
James Gibson, a professor at the University of Richmond
School of Law, said in an email to Reuters that Friday's ruling
is based on a procedural issue rather than a disagreement over
"But this seemingly pedestrian ruling is an important
precedent for those who want patent protection going forward -
and it's a big win for Apple."
The case is Apple Inc v. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd et al,
in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, No.
(Reporting by Andrew Chung; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn and Andrew