There is one less dispute for Apple and Samsung to sort out between them now that the courts have declared Apple as the victor in the slide-to-unlock patent. That also means the iPhone maker is set benefit from a $120 million bounty as damage for Samsung to have infringed on the said patent.
Apple is yet to make its stand known post the Supreme Court verdict though Samsung has said they aren’t pleased with the court’s ruling, The Verge reported. What should be hurting the South Korean giant all the more is the fact that the court has declared its verdict as binding with no scope for any appeal anytime later.
The case too has lingered on for quite some time now, with a ruling going in favor of Apple back in 2014 itself. Since then, there have been appeals made in various courts before Samsung had brought thing up to the Supreme Court where it met its conclusion today.
What is also interesting is that the patent at the centre of the dispute – slide-to-unlock – has itself ceased to exist with companies adopting more advanced technology to authenticate users. Those include fingerprint sensors first made popular by Apple in the iPhone 5S. What’s more, Apple has since moved on to something even more state-of-the-art with its latest iPhone X incorporating Face ID tech where the entire face will serve as the password.
Coming back to the particular ruling, another patent that was also keenly contested by Apple and Samsung is the one that could transform info like a phone number into a link that users could tap on for some specific function. Samsung justified its stand claiming Apple is abusing the patent system and is throttling innovation in the process.
Meanwhile, Samsung and Apple is engaged in several other legal disputes including one where the South Korean giant stands accused of copying the basic look and feel of the iPhone and iPad devices in its Galaxy range of tablets and smartphones. The battle was bitterly fought in courts around the world and has a much higher damage value attached to it, to the tune of even a billion dollars though it was later toned down to $400 million. A final verdict in the case is pending.