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Apple wins patent infringement case over Samsung

08 November 2017

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Apple claimed that Samsung had infringed on its patent by copying the feature in their Galaxy S lineup of phones.

Following weeks of testimony and three days of deliberations, the eight-member jury reached a decision awarding Apple $119,625,000 on three infringed patents and Samsung $158,400 on one patent.

"Slide to unlock" is the feature that most of smartphone users are familiar with, the court battle also focused on other patents-like an Apple feature that turned data into links (think phone numbers).

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We've asked Samsung for its response to the Supreme Court decision. It is also worth noting that out of the three patents, the patent for "quick-links" feature, which turned phone numbers and addresses into clickable links, accounted for more than 80% of total damages, which is almost $100m.

The retrial between Apple and Samsung is set to start in May 2018. The ruling in Apple's favour was overturned nearly two years later, but reinstated once again less than a year after that. The first will give you an idea of how old the case is since it's not even in use anymore. However the highest court in the land apparently did not want to do anything with this case and as of Monday officially declined to hear it.

The company had noted that one of Apple's patents at issue in the case had been invalidated by courts "and yet today's decision allows Apple to unjustly profit from this patent, stunts innovation and places competition in the courtroom rather than the marketplace". This implies that Apple's $120 million award is back in business, much to Samsung's disadvantage. Both these smartphone giants have been battling it out in courts over various patent and design claims. As it turns out, it was a futile attempt by Samsung and now, has no option to pay to Apple.

Apple wins patent infringement case over Samsung