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Judge refuses to invalidate Apple patents
In the latest twist of the ongoing infringement battle between Samsung vs Apple, a Federal Judge has denied a motion from Samsung to invalidate two Apple patents.
Samsung was found to have infringed on those two patents and was hoping (as MacObserver notes) that recent Supreme Court cases would help their case in invalidating the patents due to their simplistic digital representations. Specifically, Samsung brought up the Alice vs CLS Banks Supreme Court ruling to the court by stating that the new case states (among other things) that simplistic software-based concepts with “real world parallel’s” could not be patented.
The patents in question describe the iPhone’s slide to unlock (‘721) and unified search (‘959) features, both of which Samsung was ruled to infringe on in the 2012 trial where Apple was awarded over US$900 million in damages, their second trial this year where the iPhone and iPad maker won about $120 million. – MacObserver
The case was not an entire victory for Samsung as the reason for the denial had nothing to do with whether the patent was valid and everything to do with the Judge’s decision that Samsung was filing this argument too late in the process.
While Samsung is not barred from bringing up the validity of the patent in the future, it looks unlikely that they will be able to bring up its validity for the foreseeable future.