Apple initially claimed that Samsung had infringed eight of its software patents (for example, the ‘slide-to-unlock’ feature) and claimed US$2.2 billion in damages. Apple was awarded US$120 million to be paid by Samsung in lieu of damages but in February this year the US Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the ruling stating that Samsung need not pay any infringement damages nor alter any of its designs.
As a result, Apple has argued that the court violated its Seventh Amendment of the US Constitution right to trial by a jury due to the fact that the appeal court considered new evidence, which was not introduced as evidence in the original case and facts that were put before a jury.
Accordingly, the battle between Apple and Samsung continues. The case may end up in the US Supreme Court.
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