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Sorry, Samsung: Apple comes out on top in ‘slide to unlock’ patent case

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Whoever thought a simple gesture could cost so much money?

On Nov. 6, the Supreme Court of the United States officially shut down an appeal by Samsung regarding whether or not the company had infringed on an Apple patent behind the slide-to-unlock tech familiar with smartphone owners around the world. And the decision comes with a hefty price tag. 

The fight between Samsung and Apple dates back to before 2014, when a court awarded Apple $119.6 million in damages for multiple alleged patent infringements by Samsung. The South Korea tech giant appealed, and the case made its way up through the court system. However, the highest court in the land apparently wanted nothing to do with this case and as of Monday officially declined to hear it.  Read more…

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