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

Supreme Court rejects Samsung appeal of patent loss to Apple

So far, in that case, Samsung has been able to bring down the damages to by United States dollars 57 million from an original demand of USD 930 million to Apple.

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. Samsung didn't give up, looking to the Supreme Court for justice.

The jury found all accused Samsung devices in infringement of Apple's '647 data detectors patent and partial infringement on the '721 patent for "slide-to-unlock" functionality. On the current iOS, people either use Touch ID, Face ID or double tap the Home button to bring up the password screen. Apple Inc is expected to report a 1.3 percent increase in iPhone sales in the holiday quarter, its slowest ever and a far cry from the double-digit growth investors have come to expect. Apple claimed that Samsung infringed on its patent by copying the feature in their Galaxy S lineup of smartphones.

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A three-judge panel of the Federal Circuit, a Washington-based court that specializes in patent matters, had originally overturned the verdict, but it was reinstated in an October 2016 ruling by a full slate of 11 judges on that court. And after three years of back and forth, the US Supreme Court has now finally laid the matter to rest - declaring Apple as victorious.

Samsung said in a statement its 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". Though a substantial amount, it was way lesser than the $2.19 billion Apple was asking for.

"One of the Apple's patents at issue, in this case, has been invalidated by courts around the world, and yet today's judgment allows Apple to unjustly profit from this patent, stunts innovation and places competition in the courtroom rather than the marketplace".

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