Samsung has gained an early advantage in its ongoing copyright war, winning a preliminary invalidation of a key Apple patent.
A court filing ruled in Samsung’s favour over a patent allowing users with a touch screen to bounce back to the image on screen if the user deviates beyond the edge.
The South Korean company says examiners at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) has decided the Apple patent should not have been granted upon further inspection, as the firm continues to challenge its US$1.05 billion damages penalty.
With this patent being one of six that Samsung were guilty of infringing, the company is challenging other patents in a bid to overturn the punishment.
Apple was awarded the damages in their high stacks patent infringement case in the U.S. back in August, after Samsung were found guilty of ‘willful’ violations of a range of Apple patents.
At the time of the court ruling Samsung said it would ‘move immediately to file post-verdict motions to overturn this decision in this court, and if we are not successful, we will appeal this decision to the court of appeals.’