The legal dispute between Apple and Samsung over the misuse of the “slide to unlock” function has been settled, with Koreans having to pay about $120 million.
This dispute began a few years ago, in 2014, where the United States Supreme Court, did not accept Samsung’s appeal . It exhausted all possible avenues until finally Apple won the trial.
Apple hasn’t made a statement on this, but Samsung has, sending a note where it blames Apple for not allowing innovation to be promoted.
This is not the first time that South Koreans have had to pay a considerable amount to Apple for infringing the use of their patents. This is solved by paying royalties on a license, but the Koreans decided that this patent was of free will.
“Our argument was supported by many who believed that the Court should hear the case to restore fair standards that promote innovation and prevent abuse of the patent system. This ruling will allow Apple to benefit unfairly from an invalid patent.
There are still other pending lawsuits for patent abuse, and in May 2018 we will know the outcome of another new dispute. In 2012, Koreans already had to pay 1.052 billion Euros to Apple for abusing Apple’s patents.
Now, the U.S. Supreme Court recognizes that Samsung did not act correctly in using “slide to unlock” on its devices and will have to pay a rather substantial sum to Apple.
What do you think about Samsung claiming that Apple does not promote innovation? Do you think that if it were the other way around they would say the same thing?