Supreme Court Refuses to Samsung's Petition in Apple Patent Dispute

A Samsung logo and a logo of Apple are seen in this

Last March, Samsung petitioned the Supreme Court to take a final look at the case.

In 2014, a jury awarded Apple $120 million in damages for Samsung's infringement of the patents.

In a recent court ruling, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favour of Apple and has asked Samsung to pay them more than $120 million in damages in the (in) famous "slide-to-unlock" patent infringement case that has been going on for almost a decade now.

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. 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.

The decision by the Supreme Court to let a lower court's decision stand - leaves Samsung with a substantially high price fine.




Of course Apple court case over Samsung it is not over yet. "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", a Samsung spokesperson said in a statement. But it lost so the rest of the world's reality perception will now have to match Apples'.

The company noted that one of Apple's patents at issue in this case has been invalidated by courts "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". That amount excluded another $382 million in damages for allegations that Samsung copied Apple's packaging materials.

Apple has not yet commented on the matter.

3D-printed Samsung and Apple logos are seen in this picture illustration made in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina on January 26, 2016.

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.

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