“In a new twist to the second Apple vs Samsung patent trial, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has rejected the specific part of Apple’s auto-correct patent that Samsung was said to have infringed,” Ben Lovejoy reports for 9to5Mac. “This effectively means that Samsung was ruled to have infringed a patent that is no longer valid.”

“The court awarded Apple $119,625,000 in damages – far below the $2B Apple had claimed,” Lovejoy reports. “It seems likely that this award will be reduced now that the basis for one of the three successful claims has been declared invalid.”

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MacDailyNews Take: The patent litigation has served its purpose. The details of this or that patent finding no longer matter.

Apple won the patent litigation war decisively.

Everybody on the planet with at least two brain cells to rub together now clearly understands Samsung phones and tablets are knockoffs of Apple’s revolutionary, paradigm-destroying innovations. Samsung has now irrecoverably damaged its brand with its parade of Apple knockoffs. Karmic.

The moment Samsung strayed from its “Copy Apple” strategy with the piece of crap plastic Galaxy S5, what happened? Massive sales and profit declines. The bottom line: Samsung is clueless without Apple to ape. Go back to copying Apple, Samsung. That’s all you’ve got and everybody knows it.

Apple’s products came first, then Samsung’s:

Samsung Galaxy and Galaxy Tab Trade Dress Infringement

Here’s what Google’s Android looked like before and after Apple’s iPhone:

Google Android before and after Apple iPhone

Here’s what cellphones looked like before and after Apple’s iPhone:
cellphones before and after Apple iPhone

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