Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, which faced a trial on patent infringement in a lawsuit brought by patent holder Smartflash LLC, can halt the proceedings while the Smartflash patents are scrutinized for their validity by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Thursday.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit also declined to stay the Smartflash case against Apple. The iPhone maker lost a $533 million infringement verdict last February to Smartflash, but a lower court judge has ordered a new trial on damages.

(Reporting by Andrew Chung)

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