Apple wins $120mn in 'Slide to Unlock' patent infringement case against Samsung

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Apple wins $120mn in a 'slide to unlock' patent infringement case over Samsung

Apple has emerged victorious in a patent infringement case over Samsung. The court ordered Samsung to pay $120 million to Apple for its 'Slide to Unlock' and other features which Samsung copied and used in its smartphones.


In a statement, the South Korean giant stated, "Our 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." Samsung also noted, "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."

Apart from the slide to unlock patent, the case also involved the quick link patents, which covered a software that automatically turned information like a phone number into an accessible link. Samsung was found to have infringed both the patents.

The ruling was overturned almost two years later, and again reinstated less than a year after that. From there, Samsung appealed to the Supreme Court, which is where the case met its end.

In addition to this patent infringement case, there is also a bigger lawsuit that originally gave Apple over $1 billion win over Samsung. Apple claims Samsung copied the iPhone’s rounded edges, flat screen, and app arrangement.

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