A New York federal court ruled on Monday that Apple infringed on the patent rights of two former employees of its mobile software supplier, and ordered the company to pay them $1 billion in damages.
The ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in Manhattan, also invalidates an injunction issued by a federal judge in San Francisco on Tuesday that sought to stop Apple from enforcing its patents on smartphones and other devices.
Apple’s lawyers had argued that the injunction would prevent the company from doing business with them and that the court should instead invalidate the order issued by Judge Richard Leon, a Democrat who has written extensively on patent issues.
“The decision in Apple v.
Samsung is an important victory for innovation and consumers,” said Apple’s general counsel, George Noory.
“We will continue to fight the patent trolls and to ensure that our customers can continue to use the newest and greatest in mobile technology.”
Samsung filed a lawsuit against Apple in September alleging that the company infringed patents that cover a range of aspects of the iPhone and iPad.
The lawsuit claimed that Apple violated Samsung’s “comprehensive” copyrights on the Apple Watch, the Apple TV, Apple Maps and the Apple Pay mobile payments system.
Apple countersued, arguing that the patents were invalid and were not infringed.