A portion of the verdict against Samsung, which Apple won in 2012, has been reversed by a U.S. appeals court. The court ruled that Apple's trade dress could not be protected, while upholding patent infringement claims.

From Reuters:

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld the patent infringement violations found by the jury. But the $382 million awarded for trade dress dilution will have to be reconsidered by the lower court. Trade dress is a legal term for a trademark on the way a product is packaged or presented.

The amount awarded to Apple in that trial, once over $1 billion, now sits at around $550 million. The verdict in the case originally came in August 2012, following a lengthy trail in which Apple alleged that Samsung had violated several of the company's patents. A jury eventually found that Samsung did, in fact, violate several Apple patents, and ordered them to pay damages to Apple.

Source: Reuters