Samsung Copied Some of iPhone's Features, Court Reaffirms

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

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

The trial between Apple and Samsung has been going for several years, in which the Cupertino-based company tries to prove a violation of their patented features present in the iPhone that was supposedly stolen by their competitor.

Apple is now owed $120 million from Samsung after the Supreme Court has denied the South Korean company's appeal in a case regarding its Californian counterpart's patents for the "Slide to Unlock" and "Quick Links" mechanisms.

The case revolved around Apple's famous slide-to-unlock patent and, among others, its less-famous quick links patent, which covered software that automatically turned information like a phone number into a tappable link. A new trial on reparation, in that case, is planned for May in San Jose, California.

Anyway, as per the court ruling, Samsung was found to have infringed upon both these patents and is now liable to pay more than $120 million in damages to Apple.

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The case is separate from a bigger patent court battle in which Samsung was initially ordered to pay $1 billion to the iPhone maker. Then in 2016, the ruling was overturned - then reinstated again. The verdict is now permanent, as the Supreme Court ruled today that it will hear no further appeals in the case.

The ruling yesterday concerns some smartphone features Apple alleged were copied by Samsung.

Back in 2007, a small Canadian tech company called i4i had sued Microsoft's Office on grounds of copying an XML feature in its popular software Microsoft Word: and the feature was not included in the 2007 Microsoft Word, only to be included in 2010 by Microsoft after paying Dollars 290 million in damages. The judges also wrongly changed the law related to invalidating patents and awarding injunctions, Samsung added.

Apple urged the justices to leave the jury award in place, saying there was nothing "novel or important" to review in its rival's appeal. The Trump administration agreed with Apple.

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