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Business & Technology

April 30, 2014

Phone technology court battle nears close

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The appeals court ruling upheld a trial judge’s definition of an Apple “quick link” patent that automatically turns phone numbers and email addresses into links, enabling users to make calls and send messages with a single click.

Apple’s expert, Carnegie Mellon University professor Todd Mowry, argued the definition adopted by the appeals court made little difference in the case and that he believes Samsung still infringed Apple’s patent for the “quick link” patent.

Kevin Jeffay, a professor of computer science at the University of North Carolina and Samsung’s expert, argued the opposite, saying the definition adopted by the appeals court supports Samsung’s position that it didn’t infringe Apple’s patent.

In the end, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in the Silicon Valley case said the matter was best left for the jury to decide along with infringement questions.

Jurors have been read 53 pages of instructions on how to decide if an infringement occurred and how to calculate damages if fault is found.

Apple contends that many of the key functions and vital features of Samsung phones important to consumers were invented by Apple. Samsung argues that its phones operate on the Google Android software system and that any legal complaint Apple has is with the search giant.

Google Inc. is not a party to the litigation. Google spokesman Matt Kallman declined to comment.

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