It looks like a rare phenomenon has happened in the courts! Samsung has actually won one over Apple.
Just yesterday, we updated you that the two big tech typhoons called it a truce outside of America. Well, today the South Korean company filed paperwork to inform Judge Lucy Koh that the US Patent and Trademark Office has declared a patent that Apple used against it in a recent trial invalid.
This patent was used in a previous trial between the two and Samsung was fined $119.6 million in damages for infringing a now invalid patent. U.S. Patent No. 8,074,172 deals with predictive text input and was rejected by the USPTO as prior art.
“Judge Koh had ruled on summary judgment that Samsung infringed it — but infringement of an invalid patent doesn’t matter, and only because the jury was grossly misled about the validity of issued patents in general and Apple’s patents-in-suit in particular doesn’t mean that Judge Koh couldn’t still agree with Samsung’s post-trial motion and hold claim 18 of the ’172 patent invalid. The legal standard is stricter in the infringement case than in reexamination, where clear and convincing evidence is sufficient to reject a patent claim, but it looks awkward that Judge Koh held Samsung to infringe a patent claim that the USPTO probably wouldn’t have granted if it had been aware of all of the relevant prior art.” – FOSSPatents
We will see at least a reduced sum of damages needed to be paid by Samsung to Apple.