Samsung Ruled to Pay Apple $119.6 Million Over Slide-to-Unlock Lawsuit

A three-judge panel was actually wrong to toss out of the window the $119.6 million verdict in a longstanding lawsuit that involves Apple’s patented slide-to-unlock gesture that the iPhone maker had sued Samsung over a few years back.

According to Bloomberg, Apple has won an appeals case against Samsung, which focused on a patent infringement case around the slide-to-unlock feature found on previous-generation iOS devices. This new ruling states that the initial panel was wrong for throwing out the judgment against Samsung, and has reinstated the $119.6 million owed to Apple from the company.

The decision was made in an 8-3 ruling in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, who stated that the panel back in February that threw out the judgement was wrong. On top of that, this new ruling also stated that the trial judge should consider that the judgment should be increased based on any “intentional infringement” made by Samsung.
“In this case, Apple claimed that Samsung infringed patents for the slide-to-unlock feature, autocorrect and a way to detect phone numbers so they can be tapped to make phone calls. The bulk of the award, $98.7 million, was for the detection patent that the earlier panel said wasn’t infringed. The February decision also said the other two patents were invalid.”
A week from today, the United States Supreme Court will consider a second Apple-Samsung case in an effort to determine just how much the South Korean conglomerate should pay the Cupertino firm for copying patented iPhone designs in its Galaxy-series flagship smartphones.


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