Apple defeats Samsung in one long suit over patents

The saga of the patent war between Apple and Samsung is nearly as old as the iPhone itself.

Finally, 3 years later, the United States Supreme Court has officially shut down the appeal made by Samsung challenging the patent infringement.

Anyway, as per the court ruling, Samsung was found to have infringed upon both these patents and is now liable to pay more than $120 million in damages to Apple.

The companies have battled in close to a dozen countries, with each accusing the other of infringing on various patents related to their flagship smartphone and tablet products. It is interesting that it comes at a time when the "slide to unlock" feature on Apple phones has stopped being the primary way to unlock the Apple devices.

This is the end of the line for Samsung and hopefully they'll do the right thing now and pay Apple what's long overdue. That amount excluded another $382 million in damages for allegations that Samsung copied Apple's packaging materials.

The case is not without its share of drama.

Appealing to the Supreme Court, Samsung said that the patent court's judges did not follow proper procedure in reviving the verdict because they made the decision without considering additional legal papers or hearing oral arguments.

All the original phones involved in the battle have already been phased out of production. In fact, the case is so old, Apple doesn't even use the "slide to unlock" functionality on its iPhones anymore.

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 company has also said that the ruling would allow Apple to "unjustly profit" from an invalid patent.

Apple did not immediate respond to an AFP query on the decision.

Notably, Samsung has manufactured the screens of Apple's iPhone X for its AMOLED display.

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