The order of a lower court that Samsung pay Apple $119.6 million in damages for multiple infringements therefore stands. The South Korea tech giant appealed, and the case made its way up through the court system. So far, in that case, Samsung has been able to bring down the damages to by United States dollars 57 million from an original demand of USD 930 million to Apple.
The US Supreme Court has refused to hear Samsung's appeal in the case, upholding a circuit court decision reinstating a $120 million penalty for allegedly infringing on Apple's patents for technology like slide-to-unlock and autocorrecting text.
Samsung's attempt to appeal a 2016 U.S. Court of Appeal verdict against it at the Supreme Court, has been turned down by the highest court in the land.
The justices on Monday left in place rulings in favor of Apple involving its patents for smartphone features that include auto-correct and a slide that unlocks the device. On the current iOS, people either use Touch ID, Face ID or double tap the Home button to bring up the password screen.
The saga of the patent war between Apple and Samsung is nearly as old as the iPhone itself.
On the two patents, Samsung was originally found to have infringed the two patents in question, though it had successfully appealed the decision before it was overturned. This particular one covers the Cupertino-based brand's slide-to-unlock, autocorrect, and quick links patent. And after three years of back and forth, the US Supreme Court has now finally laid the matter to rest - declaring Apple as victorious. The first trial began in July 2012 and a jury awarded Apple $1.05 billion in damages from Samsung in August 2012. Though a substantial amount, it was way lesser than the $2.19 billion Apple was asking for. Most of the judges were in favour of Apple in October 2016.
Apple did not immediate respond to an AFP query on the decision.