Supreme Court denies Samsung's appeal in Apple lawsuit

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

The South Korea tech giant appealed, and the case made its way up through the court system.

Samsung is obviously not happy about the court's decision.

In 2014, a California court ordered Samsung to pay almost $120 million in damages for violating two of Apple's patents, including the iPhone's well-known slide-to-unlock feature. We're guessing that every court decision made in the future, as evidenced by history, will be appealed, so don't expect Apple vs. Samsung to settle down anytime soon. Last month a United States district court judge ordered a retrial to ascertain the amount Samsung owes Apple for contravening three iPhone 3Gs patent. On the current iOS, people either use Touch ID, Face ID or double tap the Home button to bring up the password screen. Apple argued that there was nothing "novel or important" in Samsung's additional data regarding the case.

The original verdict on the case, which came in 2014, required Samsung to pay Apple a sum equal to $120m (£91m) for infringing the three patents in question.

The case revolved around Apple's famous slide-to-unlock patent and, among others, its less-famous quick links patent, which covered software that automatically turned information like a phone number into a tappable link.

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. The first trial began in July 2012 and a jury awarded Apple $1.05 billion in damages from Samsung in August 2012.

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

A week later, Apple asked a USA court to force Samsung to cough up $180 million more. "I would like this to be some closure for all of us".

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