Apple Wins $119.6M in Slide-to-Unlock Patent Battle Over Samsung

Apple Wins $119.6M in Slide-to-Unlock Patent Battle Over Samsung

Apple Wins $119.6M in Slide-to-Unlock Patent Battle Over Samsung

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.

Back in 2014, a California federal court awarded Apple a $120 million penalty to be paid by Samsung, The decision was overturned by the Federal Circuit, but the same court reinstated the damages later in October 2016.

What's All The Hoopla About?

Apple's victory in its slide-to-unlock case was significant, but it is relatively minor compared with the company's other pending lawsuits against Samsung, which originally sought up to $1 billion in damages for supposedly copying parts of the iPhone's design, including its app icon interface layout, rounded corners and black rectangular face.

The Supreme Court in December 2016 sided with Samsung in a separate case over its fight with Apple.

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The case is not without its share of drama.

In a dig at the patent court, Samsung told the justices in legal papers that they have "long served as the bulwark when the Federal Circuit tips the balance too far in favor of patent-holders" rights at the expense of innovation and competition'.

All the original phones involved in the battle have already been phased out of production. The first will give you an idea of how old the case is since it's not even in use anymore. With the ruling, Samsung will have to shell out roughly $120 million dollars to the Cupertino-based company. The ruling was overturned nearly two years later, and then reinstated once again less than a year after that.

The company has also said that the ruling would allow Apple to "unjustly profit" from an invalid patent. Apple has yet to comment on the court's judgment.

Notably, Samsung has manufactured the screens of Apple's iPhone X for its AMOLED display.

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