Apple Finally Gets To Bank $120M Patent Infringement Settlement Against Samsung

Apple and Samsung have been battling in court for years now over patents having to with slide-to-unlock and quick links. That quick links patent is the one that turns things like phone numbers into tappable links, so that you can quickly dial them. Apple was originally granted a $120 million award by a jury who found that Samsung did indeed infringe on its patents.

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Then on appeal, a judge threw out the ruling calling two of the patents granted to Apple invalid, and stating Samsung didn’t infringe on a third. That appeals court did all that while upholding the judgment against Apple for violating a Samsung patent. Apple appealed that ruling, and the original $120 million award it was given against Samsung was reinstated.

After all these years of legal battling, Apple has once and for all won against Samsung with the Supreme Court refusing to hear the case. This means that the $120 million jury award stands. Samsung isn’t happy at all about the final verdict in the case, but it will be writing a check.

Samsung issued a statement that said, "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."

Samsung also pointed out that this ruling allows Apple to "unjustly profit" from an invalid patent. Apple and Samsung have another major day in court to fight the case that originally saw Apple granted over $1 billion in another patent infringement row. That case will land in court again in May and the fight is over how damages are calculated. The original $1 billion award has been shaved to $400 million at this point.

It's worth noting that while Apple is taking home $120 million in this case, Apple was originally seeking $2.2 billion in damages. Samsung certainly feels the sting of losing the case, but the $120 million won't break the bank.


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