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.
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.
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