Samsung denied appeal against Apple in "Slide to Unlock" patent fight

Otis Hoffman
November 8, 2017

Sorry Samsung fans, Apple has finally come out on top in their long standing patent battle involving the "slide to unlock" gesture.

Among the patents was the slide-to-unlock feature.

On the two patents, Samsung was originally found to have infringed the two patents in question, though it had successfully appealed the decision before it was overturned.

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In 2014, a jury awarded Apple $120 million in damages for Samsung's infringement of the patents.

The Supreme Court has rejected Samsung's appeal of court rulings that it impermissibly copied features of Apple's iPhone.

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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But here's the amusing part: all the original phones involved in the battle have already been phased out of protection. The ruling in Apple's favour was overturned nearly two years later, but reinstated once again less than a year after that. Apple doesn't even use the "Slide To Unlock" feature anymore! Apple sold 75.5 million iPhones in the October-December quarter, according to research firm FactSet StreetAccount, 1 million more than what was sold in the year-ago quarter.

Samsung, a company that has eaten away Apple's once-dominant market share in the smartphone market, argued that several Apple patents covered technology that's too trivial to be patented. On Monday, 6 November, the US Supreme Court denied hearing Samsung's recent appeal on the case. "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". Both these smartphone giants have been battling it out in courts over various patent and design claims.

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

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