Apple wins ‘slide to unlock’ patent battle with Samsung | HT Tech

Apple wins ‘slide to unlock’ patent battle with Samsung

The latest verdict comes at a time when Apple is locked in multinational legal battles with chipset company Qualcomm.

By: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
| Updated on: Nov 07 2017, 10:54 IST
Here’s a big update to the ongoing legal skirmishes between the top two smartphone makers.
Here’s a big update to the ongoing legal skirmishes between the top two smartphone makers. (REUTERS)

The US Supreme Court on Monday upheld a $120 million patent award that Samsung was ordered to pay Apple over patents for "slide to unlock" and other features used on smartphones.

The case is separate from a bigger patent court battle in which Samsung was initially ordered to pay $1 billion to the iPhone maker. That case is set for a new trial over some elements of the damages awarded.

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Monday's ruling involved some smartphone features Apple alleged were copied by the South Korean electronics giant. Samsung had claimed these features were "obvious" and thus not able to be patented.

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Samsung said in a statement its argument was supported "by many who believed that the court should hear the case to reinstate fair standards that promote innovation and prevent abuse of the patent system."

The company noted that one of Apple's patents at issue in this case has been invalidated by courts "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."

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

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.

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First Published Date: 07 Nov, 10:53 IST
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