Court agrees Samsung copied Apple, but reduces damage award

Apple countered that Samsung was trying to downplay its “shameless copying” of the iPhone design to increase its market share.

Apple Inc was handed a mixed ruling by a U.S. appeals court in the latest twist in a blockbuster intellectual property battle with Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, as a prior patent infringement verdict was upheld but a trademark finding that the iPhone’s appearance could be protected was thrown out.

That means up to 40 percent of a $930 million verdict which had been won by Apple must be reconsidered.

In the highly anticipated ruling stemming from the global smartphone wars, the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. upheld patent infringement violations including one which protects the shape and color of its iPhone as well as the damages awarded for those violations.

“This is a victory for design and those who respect it,” Apple said in a statement on Monday. A Samsung representative declined immediately comment.
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