Samsung Will Not Get To Appeal Latest iPhone Patent Ruling

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Samsung has been denied the chance to appeal Apple's most recent win over patent infringement. Samsung and Apple's history in court can be thought of as a storied one, and a big chunk of that time has centered around the patent infringement case in which Apple claimed that Samsung had infringed on various patents relating to the iPhone. This initially resulted in Apple winning the reward  in the amount of $119.6 million, with Samsung having to pay out damages for infringing on Apple's patents relating specifically to quick links, auto correct, and the slide to unlock features, but Samsung issued its first appeal on the matter earlier this year, which resulted in the US Court of Appeals overturning the initial Apple win that was announced back in 2014. Apple responded by asking the appeal to be reviewed and was once again awarded the $119.6 million from the original ruling, which Samsung attempted to appeal a second time, but that appeal process has now been denied.

For Samsung, this likely means that the company will have to end up paying the damages that were initially awarded, and if that's the case then Apple will end up with an additional $119.6 million that they can add to overall holdings. Samsung will still have the opportunity to bring the decision to deny the appeal to the US Supreme Court who is already reviewing a separate case between the two smartphone manufacturers over infringements on physical design. With a decision for that case that isn't due until June of 2017, it could be some time before Samsung's case on the denial for appeal is heard.

Between the denial for appeal on the $119.6 million Apple ruling, which Samsung may be hoping to bring to the Supreme Court, and the case on infringing parts of Apple's physical iPhone design, Samsung doesn't seem to be having a good year, and it probably couldn't have come at a worse time with Samsung having had issues with the Galaxy Note 7 that resulted in two formal recalls. It's unclear whether or not Samsung will choose to bring the denial decision to the Supreme Court, and when the hearing might take place if they end up doing so.

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