Wait, Apple and Samsung’s slide-to-unlock patent war is still a thing?
We honestly thought we were past informing you about the never-ending patent wars between Apple and Samsung, but alas no.
Today it emerged (via Bloomberg) that a once-quashed patent victory for Apple over its arch rival has been reinstated, meaning the latter owes the former nearly $120m.
The reason? The slide-to-unlock functionality that these two have seemingly been fighting over since the beginning of time (well, for the last 5 years).
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Today’s decision – reached by the jury of judges on an 8-3 majority – also covers a second disputed patent; the quick links feature that enables addresses and phone numbers to become hyperlinked to the maps or dialer apps.
As for the other monolith of a patent lawsuit between these two, well that’s back in court next week.
Samsung initially got its fine down from $1 billion to around half that amount (chump change for both of these companies), and will now ask the US Supreme Court to rule against those damages too.
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