Samsung’s patent claims in the US and in Europe were rejected by the Supreme Court, but that didn’t stop the patent troll from using a legal loophole to make the patent claims work.
In a 4-3 decision, the court said Samsung failed to provide evidence to support its claims that the Galaxy S6 was manufactured with a “sophisticated processor” that would enable it to perform the sort of computation it had been using for years to unlock a number of Samsung phones.
The company also failed to prove that the patents covered “substantially all aspects” of the Galaxy s6 and Galaxy s5, even though Samsung had claimed they covered “a broad range of related topics.”
The ruling in Samsung’s favor came after the justices rejected an attempt by Apple to have the case thrown out on jurisdictional grounds.
Apple argued that Samsung’s infringement claims were invalid because the technology was not specifically designed to enable the unlocking of a phone.
The high court decision also means Samsung can continue to sell the Galaxy and Galaxy S smartphones, even if the Supreme of the United States says otherwise.
But the ruling means that Samsung cannot sue other phone makers for using the same technology.
Apple and others are still in court to try to get the courts to reinstate the patents.
“Samsung will likely seek to use the decision to pursue additional patent infringement claims against a range of other smartphone makers,” said David L. Yoo, a partner at the law firm Ropes & Gray.
“The court’s ruling could further delay the release of the Android devices and, if approved by the full court, the products that Samsung has built into its operating system, like its Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 5.”