Apple wins patent infringement case over Samsung
- Author: Kyle Warner Nov 08, 2017,
Nov 08, 2017, 0:49
First decided in 2014, the case has been going through appeals in the court ever since.
(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to step back into the years-long feud over patents between the world's top smartphone makers, declining to hear Samsung's 005930.KS appeal of a lower court ruling that reinstated a jury award of about $120 million in favor of Apple AAPL.O .
Not satisfied with the verdict, Samsung took the issue to higher courts and since then, it has been battling Apple and finally ended up at the doors of the US Supreme Court this year.
3D-printed Samsung and Apple logos are seen in this picture illustration made in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina on January 26, 2016. On the current iOS, people either use Touch ID, Face ID or double tap the Home button to bring up the password screen.
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The two biggest smartphone producers still have a much bigger suit pending, which originally granted Apple more than $1 billion in damages from Samsung.
After three days' hearing, California court jury members found both parties guilty of infringing each other's technologies, but reduced the quantum of compensation to $119,625,000 and $158,400 to Apple and Samsung, respectively, The Verge reported. This particular one covers the Cupertino-based brand's slide-to-unlock, autocorrect, and quick links patent. The ruling was overturned nearly two years later, and then reinstated once again less than a year after that. "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", a Samsung spokesperson said in a statement. Though a substantial amount, it was way lesser than the $2.19 billion Apple was asking for. This latest ruling is just one of the many cases that Apple and Samsung are fighting out.
Apple has not responded or commented so far.