Apple wins slide to lock case

US Supreme Court denied Samsung's appeal against Apple.                  CNET

In return, Samsung had filed a case against Apple for unauthorised use of its intellectual property in nine products in iPhones and iPads categories for a meagre $6.2 million.

Back in 2014, Apple was awarded Dollars 119.6 million in damages by a jury, a decision against which Samsung had appealed.

Apple is now owed $120 million from Samsung after the Supreme Court has denied the South Korean company's appeal in a case regarding its Californian counterpart's patents for the "Slide to Unlock" and "Quick Links" mechanisms.

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. The Supreme Court, a year earlier, told a lower court to reappear a separate $399 million award Apple won for Samsung's bootlegging of the iPhone design.

Samsung's attempt to appeal a 2016 U.S. Court of Appeal verdict against it at the Supreme Court, has been turned down by the highest court in the land.

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Today's decision by the Supreme Court put the "kibosh" on the company's petition. The case also involved patents on features such as turning data into links - like tapping a phone number to dial it. The company's not happy of course, stating that its argument was supported by many who thought that the case should be heard in order to enforce fair standards that promote innovation and prevent abuse of the patent system.

According to the report, the fight between Apple and Samsung is not over. Though a substantial amount, it was way lesser than the $2.19 billion Apple was asking for. "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".

A week later, Apple asked a USA court to force Samsung to cough up $180 million more.

Apple has not yet commented on the matter.

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