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Federal Circuit rejects Apple injunction on Samsung

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Via Alison Frankel, the Federal Circuit reversed a preliminary injunction Apple won in the Northern District of California against a Samsung smartphone over a patented minor feature. As Frankel notes, the decision is an implicit endorsement of Judge Posner's recent ruling in an Apple-Motorola patent dispute that "minor features in complex devices most features of which are not alleged to infringe" are not grounds for more than nominal damages, and certainly not grounds for injunction.

Posner's opinion called for patent reform, and has justly gotten a lot of attention. [Crovitz; Frankel; WSJ; Fortune; Worstall; The Verge; Ars Technica]

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