The Court of Appeal allowed in part Apple’s appeal of the decision of the Patents Court that one of its patents was invalid.
The original trial before Mr Justice Floyd concerned four actions between HTC and Apple regarding four patents owned by Apple. Following the judgment, HTC and Apple settled their dispute and so HTC did not take part in the appeal.
The appeal only concerned the validity of two of the Apple patents, EP (UK) 2 098 948 (“the ‘948 Patent) and EP (UK) 1 964 022 (“the ‘022 Patent”). The ‘948 Patent relates to computer devices with touch sensitive screens which are capable of responding to more than one touch at a time and the ‘022 Patent relates to ways unlocking computer devices with touch sensitive screens. The issues before the Court of Appeal were as follows: