Published: Wed, November 08, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Cory Rios

Slide-to-unlock patent battle: Apple wins $120 million from Samsung

Slide-to-unlock patent battle: Apple wins $120 million from Samsung

Following weeks of testimony and three days of deliberations, the eight-member jury reached a decision awarding Apple $119,625,000 on three infringed patents and Samsung $158,400 on one patent. The South Korea tech giant appealed, and the case made its way up through the court system.

Apple and Samsung's history extends outside of the courts, too.

One of Apple's patent disputes with Samsung has finally come to a close, with the US Supreme Court turning down Samsung's appeal in the United States dollars 120 million slide-to-unlock patent infringement case.

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We've asked Samsung for its response to the Supreme Court decision. On the current iOS, people either use Touch ID, Face ID or double tap the Home button to bring up the password screen. These two companies need to determine in a court of law -just how much Samsung actually has to pay Apple for infringing on the latter company's designs. The case majorly involves Apple's iconic slide to unlock patents and a few other less famous patents such as Apple's "quick link" feature which automatically turns information such as a phone number into a clickable link. A three-judge panel originally overturned it, but the ruling was flipped once more after all 11 judges sitting on the patent court heard the case. "The U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision today is a victory for Samsung and for all those who promote creativity, innovation and fair competition in the marketplace", a Samsung spokesperson said at the time. That amount excluded another $382 million in damages for allegations that Samsung copied Apple's packaging materials. That figure was later reduced to $548 million after an appeal, and last month the Supreme Court set aside $399 million more of the judgment after another appeal from Samsung.

The company has also said that the ruling would allow Apple to "unjustly profit" from an invalid patent.

"I would prefer to not keep doing this until I retire", she said at a hearing on October 25.

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