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US Supreme Court rejects Samsung appeal in patent dispute with Apple

Theresa Hayes | 07 November, 2017, 01:39

The Supreme Court previous year told a lower court to revisit a separate $399 million award Apple won for Samsung's copying of the iPhone design.

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.

Although the decision today halts the smartphone patent battles, albeit temporarily, last year, the Supreme Court ordered a reevaluation of a different $399 million ruling in Apple's favor that alleged Samsung copied the iPhone's design. Those included slide-to-unlock, autocorrect and quick links, which automatically turn information like addresses and phone numbers into links.

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to reinsert itself into the smartphone patent battles, leaving intact a $120 million award Apple Inc. won from rival Samsung Electronics Co. over features that include slide-to-unlock.

The Supreme Court in December 2016 sided with Samsung in a separate case over its fight with Apple. They'll meet again in May for a new trial involving the aforementioned case. An appeals panel overturned that verdict, but the full appellate panel reinstated the award in October 2016 by a vote of 8-3.

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. We're guessing that every court decision made in the future, as evidenced by history, will be appealed, so don't expect Apple vs. Samsung to settle down anytime soon. The judges also wrongly changed the law related to invalidating patents and awarding injunctions, Samsung added.

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Apple and Samsung's history extends outside of the courts, too.