Apple wins slide to lock case

US Supreme Court denied Samsung's appeal against Apple.                  CNET

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 Dollars 120 million slide-to-unlock patent infringement case. The ruling in Apple's favour was overturned nearly two years later, but reinstated once again less than a year after that. However, with the Supreme Court too, ruling against Samsung, the Korean smartphones giant has literally run out of options. However, that ruling was overturned in February 2016 by a panel of judges on the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which hears all patent appeals.

With that, Samsung took the matter to the Supreme Court. This feature basically turned things like phone numbers and web links to a tappable link. A Samsung representative said in a statement to The Verge - "Our argument was supported by many who believed that the Court should hear the case to reinstate fair standards that promote innovation and prevent abuse of the patent system".

Samsung, a company that has eaten away Apple's once-dominant market share in the smartphone market, argued that several Apple patents covered technology that's too trivial to be patented. That case has dragged into its seventh year. Samsung was still ordered to pay $119.6 million in damages to Apple for violating three patents, which is a far cry from the $2.2 billion Apple was seeking.

The justices on Monday left in place rulings in favor of Apple involving its patents for smartphone features that include auto-correct and a slide that unlocks the device. That amount excluded another $382 million in damages for allegations that Samsung copied Apple's packaging materials. Most of the judges were in favour of Apple in October 2016. It is set to last for five days.

A third trial is scheduled to kick off on May 14 to debate how the damages should be calculated. "I would like this to be some closure for all of us".

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