(Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to step back into the years-long feud over patents between the worlds top smartphone makers, declining to hear Samsungs (005930.KS) appeal of a lower court ruling that reinstated a jury award of about $120 million in favor of Apple(AAPL.O).3D-printed Samsung and Apple logos are seen in this picture illustration made in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina on January 26, 2016. Apple Inc is expected to report a 1.3 percent increase in iPhone sales in the holiday quarter, its slowest ever and a far cry from the double-digit growth investors have come to expect. Apple sold 75.5 million iPhones in the October-December quarter, according to research firm FactSet StreetAccount, 1 million more than what was sold in the year-ago quarter. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic – GF20000107877The justices left in place a 2016 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that upheld a verdict that found South Koreas Samsung Electronics Co Ltd had infringed Apple Incs patents on several popular features of the California-based companys iPhone. Those included slide-to-unlock, autocorrect and quick links, which automatically turn information like addresses and phone numbers into links.