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Top US court backs Samsung in smartphone fight with Apple

It throws out appeals court ruling that Samsung had to pay a US$399m penalty to rival

Tuesday's ruling followed a ferocious legal battle between the world's top two smartphone manufacturers that began in 2011 when Apple sued Samsung for patent and trademark infringement.

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THE US Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with Samsung in its big-money smartphone patent fight with Apple, throwing out an appeals court ruling that the South Korean company had to pay a US$399 million penalty to its American rival for copying key iPhone designs.

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