Apple scores $119.6 million from Samsung in ‘slide to unlock’ lawsuit

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The U.S. Court of Appeals gave Apple another victory today in its five-year-long legal battle with Samsung.

Apple won its appeal in an 8-3 ruling that reinstated a previous patent-infringement verdict that awarded the company $119.6 million. The judges in the case said it was wrong for the three-judge panel to throw out the verdict in February and suggested Apple could be owed even more money.


The case focused on whether Samsung infringed on Apple’s patented slide-to-unlock features, autocorrection for text, as well as the way to detect phone numbers so you can tap to dial. The court’s ruling told the trial judge to consider increasing Apple’s judgement in the case based on any intentional infringement by Samsung.

In February the three-judge panel ruled that two of Apple’s patents were invalid. Today’s ruling says that was a wrong decision because it relied on information from beyond the trial record.

“The jury verdict on each issue is supported by substantial evidence in the record,” Circuit Judge Kimberly Moore wrote for the majority, according to Bloomberg.

Despite the victory, Apple and Samsung’s legal battle is far from over unfortunately. Next week the U.S. Supreme Court will consider taking up a case Apple filed against Samsung.