Apple claims court violated constitution by tossing $120 million verdict against Samsung
Last month Samsung finally bagged a win in its patent dispute with Apple. A May 2014 verdict that awarded $120 million in damages to Apple was reversed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The court held that Samsung did not infringe on Apple’s quick links patent and that two of Apple’s patents covering slide-to-unlock and auto-correct were invalid. Apple has now filed a petition for rehearing en banc before the court and it claims that the three-judge Federal Circuit panel violated the United States constitution by reversing the verdict.
Apple claims in the petition that the panel used materials that it researched itself instead of what was already a part of the trial court record. According to Apple, since the panel used materials it researched on its own, this act violated Apple’s Seventh Amendment right to have a jury and not an appellate court decide the facts of the case. This case is different from the one that’s now before the US Supreme Court, that one involves damages to the tune of $548 million.