Apple Wins $120 Million From Samsung In Slide To Unlock Patent Case

Isaac Cain
November 8, 2017

The order of a lower court that Samsung pay Apple $119.6 million in damages for multiple infringements therefore stands. However, with the Supreme Court too, ruling against Samsung, the Korean smartphones giant has literally run out of options.

In a recent court ruling, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favour of Apple and has asked Samsung to pay them more than $120 million in damages in the (in) famous "slide-to-unlock" patent infringement case that has been going on for almost a decade now. After that, Samsung had appealed to the Supreme Court, where it finally met its end in the ruling made today. Samsung had claimed these features were "obvious" and thus not able to be patented. On the current iOS, people either use Touch ID, Face ID or double tap the Home button to bring up the password screen. Earlier, Nokia also filed a lawsuit against Apple for patent infringement. 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. An appeals panel overturned that verdict, but the full appellate panel reinstated the award in October 2016 by a vote of 8-3. "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. Those included slide-to-unlock, autocorrect and quick links, which automatically turn information like addresses and phone numbers into links.

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The company also said the ruling would let Apple "unjustly profit" from an invalid patent. Though a substantial amount, it was way lesser than the $2.19 billion Apple was asking for.

Although 120 million Dollars sounds pretty impressive, it is just a fraction of the total USD 2 billion demanded by Apple's lawyers from Samsung for the infringement. "I would like this to be some closure for all of us".

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