A longstanding lawsuit between Apple and Samsung over “Slide to Unlock” may be headed to the Supreme Court of the United States.
Samsung has until March 29 to file a petition for a writ of certiorari, aka a request for Supreme Court review, per FOSS Patents.
If it accepts the case, the Supreme Court will review the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s decision to reinstate Apple’s $119.6 million award last October.
Apple successfully argued that Samsung copied its patents related to slide to unlock, autocorrect, and phone number detection.
The lawsuit is so old that Apple does not even use “Slide to Unlock” anymore. Unlocking an iPhone on iOS 10 requires using Touch ID or pressing down on the Home button, which first brings up the passcode screen if you have one enabled. Swiping to the right now brings up a collection of Lock screen widgets.
This case is not to be confused with another 2011 lawsuit in which Apple accused Samsung of copying the iPhone’s design with its own Galaxy-branded smartphones. That larger case made it all the way to the Supreme Court and is now headed back to the same San Jose district court where it began for a possible damages retrial.
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