Supreme Court refuses to hear Samsung appeal on Apple patent infringements

Three years since then, the US Supreme Court has now finally now shut down the appeal made by Samsung challenging the patent infringement.

About Making Comments on our Site: Patently Apple reserves the right to post, dismiss or edit any comments. Adding up, Samsung also said, "The lower courts made it too easy for Apple to prove infringement of a patent covering quick- link technology for converting text- message data".

Back in 2014, Apple was awarded $119.6 million in damages by a jury. This feature basically turned things like phone numbers and web links to a tappable link. However, that ruling was overturned in February 2016 by a panel of judges on the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which hears all patent appeals.

Almost after three years, the legal tussle between Apple and Samsung regarding infringement of patents linked to slide-to-unlock, quick links, and autocorrect features has come to an end.

All the original phones involved in the battle have already been phased out of production. At first glance, though, it looks like this may be the end of the road for this particular case: Samsung doesn't exactly have other courts to turn to.

Samsung is obviously not happy about the court's decision. According to Samsung the features were "obvious" and thus not able to be patented.

"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".

Although 120 million Dollars sounds pretty impressive, it is just a fraction of the total USD 2 billion demanded by Apple's lawyers from Samsung for the infringement.

Notably, Samsung has manufactured the screens of Apple's iPhone X for its AMOLED display. Both these smartphone giants have been battling it out in courts over various patent and design claims.

  • Fernando Stephens