Samsung Copied Some of iPhone's Features, Court Reaffirms

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Three years since then, the US Supreme Court has now finally now shut down the appeal made by Samsung challenging the patent infringement.

The current ruling involved Apple's famous slide-to-unlock functionality that the company had patented at the time of the release of the first generation iPhone.

Apple claimed that Samsung had infringed on its patent by copying the feature in their Galaxy S lineup of phones.

In result, the court awarded Apple $119.6 million in damages for multiple alleged patent infringements by Samsung. This particular one covers the Cupertino-based brand's slide-to-unlock, autocorrect, and quick links patent.

In a recent court ruling, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favour of Apple and has asked Samsung to pay them more than $120 million in damages in the (in) famous "slide-to-unlock" patent infringement case that has been going on for almost a decade now.

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In a dig at the patent court, Samsung told the justices in legal papers that they have "long served as the bulwark when the Federal Circuit tips the balance too far in favor of patent-holders" rights at the expense of innovation and competition'.

But here's the amusing part: all the original phones involved in the battle have already been phased out of protection. The awards were overturned in February 2016 but 11 judges on the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. reinstated them in October 2016.

In the newest instance, Samsung also squabbled that "it should not have been subject to a court order barring future use of Apple's innovations". It's done better here than in its other patent battle concerning the design of the iPhone.

Samsung and Apple agreed in 2014 to drop all patent disputes outside the United States, marking a partial ceasefire in a seemingly relentless legal war between the world's two tech giants. As it turns out, it was a futile attempt by Samsung and now, has no option to pay to Apple.

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