Apple has won an appeal in its never-ending lawsuit against Samsung. The latest victory on Apple’s part could mean that Samsung will either have to make changes to or stop selling some of its older Galaxy smartphones and tablets. A US court of appeals made the ruling on Thursday and covered features like the ‘slide to unlock’ patent.
Other patented features that Samsung may have to give up on older devices include Autocorrect and quicklinks, according to a Bloomberg report. The court’s ruling said: “Apple does not seek to enjoin the sale of life-saving drugs, but to prevent Samsung profiting from the unauthorised use of infringing features in its cellphones and tablets. The right to exclude competitors from using one’s property rights is important”.
Since this lawsuit was filed way back in 2012, it only covers old devices, which have long since been replaced or taken off of store shelves for the most part. As a result, this ruling may not worry the company too much, even if certain devices get banned from sale.
This is just the latest turn of events in the Apple VS Samsung saga. There is likely more legal proceedings brewing behind the scenes to drag this ridiculous battle out even longer.
KitGuru Says: Apple and Samsung are a strange pair. Each company relies on the other for business , with Samsung manufacturing many of the chips for the iPhone and iPad. Yet, they are both constantly locked in legal battles that never seem to end. Do any of you think Apple and Samsung will ever stop suing each other?