Apple looses verdict to Samsung in Appeals Court
Legal troubles thrown in by Apple at various companies are turning out to be increasingly dramatic with each passing day. Before the infamous jurisdiction that forced Samsung to pay a vowing amount of $707 million, another jurisdiction decision between the same sides is heating up.
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, has given a verdict in favour of Samsung, that allows the company to continue its sales in the US market.
Earlier this year, the US District Court for the Northern District of California had slapped an injunction against Samsung's product sales in the US market, as requested by Apple in its arguments.
Apple had alleged that Samsung Nexus breaches one of its technology patents known as "unified search". The application allows users to access information on more than one data storage location through a single interface.
Smartphones account for the fastest growing sectors for phone manufacturers; Apple and Samsung being the key players in the field. Apple's iPhone, was one of the early pioneers in the segment, while Samsung, with its Galaxy range of Smartphones, has made rapid strides in the sector gaining a strong share of key global markets in recent years.
However, the rift between the two Smartphone giants intensified when Apple had won a legal verdict and $1.05bn (£652m) against Samsung, that came as a big blow for the latter's image and stature in the market.
"The intensity of the competition is so high, that it is less about billions of dollars in fines but more about slowing the competition," Manoj Menon, managing director of Frost & Sullivan, told the BBC.
"Apple will try and slow the rapid growth trajectory of Samsung," he said.
"Regardless of the extent to which Apple may be injured by the sales of the Galaxy Nexus, there is not a sufficient showing that the harm flows from Samsung's alleged infringement," the appeals court that favoured its ruling for Samsung quoted