Apple Wins $120 Million ‘Slide to Unlock’ Patent Infringement Battle with Samsung
Apple has finally won from Samsung in their long standing patent battle involving the ‘slide to unlock’ gesture. The US Supreme Court declared that it would not hear an appeal of the patent infringement case – thereby condemning Samsung to pay 120 million dollars to Apple in damages.
The current appeal comes from May 2014 verdict by a jury in federal court in San Jose, California who ordered Samsung to pay $119.6 million for using the Apple technology. Samsung, however, argued saying that the lower court did not consider additional legal material, and has changed laws for both issuing injunctions and invalidating patents.
Though the $120 Million isn’t a big number for a company like Samsung, it is about having to pay the money in the first place. Samsung has been fighting the lawsuit for a long time and now it looks like this is a roadblock for Samsung as it doesn’t have any courts to turn to.
Samsung has released a statement after the Supreme Court rejected its appeal, “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. One of Apple’s patents at issue in this case has been invalidated by courts around the world, 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.”