Supreme Court refuses to hear Samsung appeal on Apple patent infringements

Samsung is obviously not happy about the court's decision.

Finally, 3 years later, the United States Supreme Court has officially shut down the appeal made by Samsung challenging the patent infringement. Samsung had argued that the lower court didn't consider additional legal material, and supposedly changed laws for both issuing injunctions and invalidating patents. On the current iOS, people either use Touch ID, Face ID or double tap the Home button to bring up the password screen. According to Samsung the features were "obvious" and thus not able to be patented.

Apple accused Samsung of infringing these patents in 2011. At first glance, though, it looks like this may be the end of the road for this particular case: Samsung doesn't exactly have other courts to turn to.

The decision followed the Trump administration's advice not to proceed with the case, although the Supreme Court is independent. It is also worth noting that out of the three patents, the patent for "quick-links" feature, which turned phone numbers and addresses into clickable links, accounted for more than 80% of total damages, which is almost $100m.

"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".

Apple had originally sought 2.2 billion dollars from Samsung when the trial began. That amount excluded another $382 million in damages for allegations that Samsung copied Apple's packaging materials. This implies that Apple's $120 million award is back in business, much to Samsung's disadvantage.

The company also said the ruling would let Apple "unjustly profit" from an invalid patent.

A third trial is scheduled to kick off on May 14 to debate how the damages should be calculated.

"I would prefer to not keep doing this until I retire", she said at a hearing on October 25.

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