U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Samsung’s Appeal to Patent Loss Over Slide to Unlock


One of the most recurring news elements over the years have been court battles between Samsung and Apple.

With legal battles that can last years, like a patent battle over slide-to-unlock which dates back to 2011, and appeals that can make the whole ordeal last even longer, there will always be ups and downs for both companies along the way — even after one verdict has been cast down. This latest report marks a low point for Samsung, which will likely not enjoy the fact its latest appeal has been rejected by the United States Supreme Court.

As reported by Reuters, the Supreme Court rejected Samsung’s appeal of a $119.6 million ruling that awarded the money regarding a patent tied to the “Slide to Unlock” feature. Last year, a lower court found that Samsung had indeed infringed on several patents, including the aforementioned Slide to Unlock and some related to autocorrect. A U.S. Court of Appeals then took it upon itself to reinstate the previously awarded money to Apple.

“The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to step back into the years-long feud over patents between the world’s top smartphone makers, declining to hear Samsung’s (005930.KS) appeal of a lower court ruling that reinstated a jury award of about $120 million in favor of Apple(AAPL.O).”

The lawsuit dates back to 2011, when Slide to Unlock was the standard method of accessing an iPhone. However, the feature has been left behind by Apple in the years since. Up until this year the go-to method to unlock an iPhone was to use Touch ID and press the Home button. Now, with the introduction of the iPhone X and Face ID, it’s actually “Swipe up to Unlock” following authentication with Face ID biometric security.

[via Reuters]

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