The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) rejected some claims of an Apple patent that was one of the basis for a recent damages award in a dispute with Samsung Electronics.
The USPTO Office Action ruled that two patents had anticipated claim 18 of Apple’s U.S. Patent no. 8,074,172, according to a filing by Samsung.
This patent figured in a recent trial in the California court, where in, the jury ruled in May 2014, that Samsung had infringed ‘172 patent’ and should pay Apple about US$119 million in damages. Claim 18 of the ‘172 patent’ was asserted against Samsung.
It is interesting to see that this decision comes to light given that Apple and Samsung agreed to end their patent litigation outside the U.S.
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