Apple has won a long-running patent case against Samsung, but we somehow doubt the infringing party will be too concerned, even though it has been ordered to cease selling devices that infringe upon Apple’s patents in their current form. That means changes will need to be made to some of Samsung’s devices in order to comply.
Fortunately for Samsung, though, the devices affected by this patent loss are already long gone, consigned to the scrap heap.
The dispute originally stems from software features like autocorrect and the slide-to-unlock gesture that was used in the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Nexus, both of which have been removed from the market for some time now. Apple’s court win means that Samsung must stop using software that infringes so upon Apple’s patents or selling devices that use it. As it turns out, that shouldn’t be too difficult for Samsung to comply with.
Samsung Galaxy S II
Unsurprisingly, Samsung is quick to point out that those in the United States at least will remain unaffected by the latest legal outcome between itself and Apple, though we are sure the company is acutely aware that this loss could give Apple more weight to throw behind any patent-related cases that it decides to raise against Samsung in the future.
The fun may not be over just yet, though, with both Google and Facebook joining other companies in asking the Supreme Court to hear Samsung’s appeal relating to this particular case.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Legal spats between Samsung and Apple were once a weekly occurrence, but things have died down of late with the pair concentrating on other matters at hand. Samsung has been struggling to arrest its own sales slide with redesigned Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lineups selling less well than anticipated despite hardware that looks and feels like a better-quality package than older models.
Samsung will be hoping its upcoming Galaxy S7 and Galaxy Note 6 line of flagship devices will be able to aid its bottom line.
(Source: Bloomberg Business)
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