The Short of It:
Yesterday, the Supreme Court agreed with Samsung in a major patent case the company brought against Apple.
First, let's back it up.
For years, the two biggest smartphone makers in the world have been battling it out over a disagreement about design. Back in 2011, Apple sued Samsung for patent infringement — aka Apple said some of Samsung's phones were playing the imitation game with its iPhones. A lower court agreed in favor of Apple and Samsung had to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. Samsung says it shouldn't have had to fork over that much money, and took the case to the Supreme Court.
Yesterday, the Supreme Court agreed with Samsung, and said that there's a difference between copying an entire design and copying just part of a design. Now the case goes back to a lower court to reconsider just how much money Samsung owes Apple.
This has been the biggest patent case to hit the tech world in years, and everyone in Silicon Valley's been taking sides when it comes to what this could mean for the future of the industry. Meanwhile, this ruling is a small win in what's otherwise been an explosive year (in a bad way) for Samsung.