Apple wins $120 million from Samsung in slide-to-unlock patent lawsuit
One of Apple's patent disputes with Samsung has finally come to a close, with the U.S. Supreme Court turning down Samsung's appeal in the $120 million slide-to-unlock patent infringement case. The initial ruling was delivered in 2014, and while Samsung was able to overturn the verdict back in 2016, a federal appeals court reinstated the original ruling a few months later.
Samsung now has to pay $120 million in damages to Apple for infringing on two patents: the slide-to-unlock gesture and the quick links patent, which turns addresses and phone numbers into interactive links. The final amount is a fraction of the $2 billion Apple's lawyers demanded during the trial, but Samsung isn't all that pleased with the outcome:
Although this particular battle is concluded, the lengthy patent war between the two companies is far from ending. The design patent dispute — wherein Apple claimed that Samsung copied the design of the iPhone — is set to go back to court in May 2018, with Samsung able to whittle the damages to $400 million from an initial $930 million. We'll have that to look forward to next year.
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Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.
Like I said corps are playing with the rules they were given. We would do the same if we could. Well, I would , you are probably more of a caring and sharing kind of guy. You know, for the better good and helping the less fortunate.
Apple thinks it's OK to copy from Android, but doesn't like it when Android manufacturers copy them and is happy to sue.
I don't like that Apple wants it software and features to be exclusive to their device and not make it available to others the way Google does with Android
Doesn't every phone turn phone numbers and addresses into hyperlinks?
Apple infringes also, but the smaller cos cant afford to fight like Samsung has. Apple made the 6+ because of the Notes success. Size matters!
OF COURSE im sure many of you are offended by that statement.. Now lets see if Qualcomm gets paid .