The Supreme court has formally rejected the appeal, which was filed by the representatives of South Korean company Samsung in its ongoing dispute with Apple regarding patent infringement.
Samsung has been fighting tooth-and-nail against Apple's victory in a key smartphone patent lawsuit, but it may have little choice but to pay up at this point. Earlier, the Supreme court ruled in favor of Samsung, however, in October of this year was organized by a new trial. From there, Samsung appealed to the Supreme Court, which is where the case met its end today.
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Samsung had paid for damages to Apple for infringing on two patents: the slide-to-unlock gesture and quick links patent.
Samsung is not happy with the outcome which it claims 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 decision followed the Trump administration's advice not to proceed with the case, although the Supreme Court is independent.
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Initially, the company had asked for a whopping $2.191 billion in damages for Samsung using the aforementioned patents and three negligible ones in 10 products. It is interesting that it comes at a time when the "slide to unlock" feature on Apple phones has stopped being the primary way to unlock the Apple devices. That amount excluded another $382 million in damages for allegations that Samsung copied Apple's packaging materials.
"One of the Apple's patents at issue, in this case, has been invalidated by courts around the world, and yet today's judgment allows Apple to unjustly profit from this patent, stunts innovation and places competition in the courtroom rather than the marketplace".
Apple has not yet commented on the matter. This implies that Apple's $120 million award is back in business, much to Samsung's disadvantage.
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