- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Smartphone manufacturer Samsung scored a victory Tuesday in its ongoing battle with Apple when the U.S. Supreme Court vacated a $399 million judgment due to Apple for infringement.

The decision could save the South Korean company millions of dollars in damages it owes the California-based Apple stemming from a patent lawsuit, CNET.com reported.

At issue in the case, argued in October before the high court, was interpretation of what federal patent law means when it refers to an “article of manufacture.”

The court unanimously ruled that damages in patent infringement cases need not be calculated on the finished product, in this case a smartphone, but rather based on the component parts which were found to infringe on patents.

The case will now return to a lower court to hash out how much Samsung should pay, an amount that will likely go down in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision.

At least one tech industry leader has cheered the ruling.

“This was a pivotal court case for the technology industry and it is encouraging to see the law interpreted and applied in a way that makes sense in a modern era and protects both inventors and innovation,” Ed Black, CEO of the Computer & Communications Industry Association, said in a statement, CNET reported.

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