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Apple Wins Court Battle Against Samsung, To Be Paid $120 Million

Supreme Court Building.Phil Roeder/Flickr

One legal battle between Apple and Samsung has finally been settled, with the Supreme Court denying the South Korean giant’s appeal. This case involves a patent infringement on the part of Samsung, which used Apple’s slide-to-unlock feature. Now, the maker of the Galaxy smartphone line is being ordered to pay the Cupertino firm $120 million.

Samsung paying Apple was actually decided back in 2014 when it was ruled that the South Korean company did commit patent infringement, The Verge reports. However, Samsung made several appeals that forced the case to extend for several years.

The ruling was actually overturned at one point before it was reinstated shortly after. Three years later, the Supreme Court finally ruled that no more appeals are going to be made and Samsung needs to pay the piper. In the court’s records, the company is being ordered to pay the sum that was agreed upon in 2014.

In a statement, a representative from Samsung expressed disappointment in the decision of the Supreme Court to close its doors to an appeal. The company apparently still holds the opinion that it could not have infringed on an invalid patent.

“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,” the Samsung representative said.

Aside from this particular case, Samsung and Apple are still battling it out with another issue involving a much bigger sum. The South Korean smartphone maker might still need to pay its Cupertino counterpart $400 million in another patent infringement case, which was actually whittled down from its previous amount of $1 billion. This particular case is set to go to court in May, which will either uphold the amount or change the calculated damages.

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