Perhaps the greatest smartphone war ever is that between Apple and Samsung. Years ago, Apple dragged Samsung to court over patent issues. In May 2014, Samsung was “found to have infringed its patents for the slide-to-unlock, autocorrect and quicklinks features”. That ruling won Apple a $119.6 million jury verdict against Samsung, but the court refrained from ordering that Samsung stops sales of its mobile products in the US.
According to a Bloomberg report, a new ruling may change that:
A U.S. appeals court said Apple was entitled to a narrow order that prevents the Korean device maker from using Apple’s slide-to-unlock, autocorrect and quicklinks features. Ruling otherwise would eliminate patent rights of inventors of certain features in multicomponent devices, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington said in an opinion posted on its electronic docket.
The ruling applies to older devices, as the current crop of devices did not exist then, so chances are that this new ruling won’t impact heavily on the Korean brand.