Apple and Samsung finally settle 7-year long patent suit

Apple and Samsung finally settle 7-year long patent suit

Both Apple and Samsung notified a district court yesterday in San Jose, California, that "they have agreed to drop and settle their remaining claims and counterclaims in this matter". Terms of the settlement, filed in court papers before U.S. District Judge LUCY KO, were not disclosed.

It all started in 2011 when Apple sued Samsung for "slavishly" copying the iPhone's design and software features.

Samsung launched its flagship Galaxy S series back in 2010, with a lawsuit following less than a year later.

Seven years after it began, Apple and Samsung have settled a high-stakes patent dispute that resulted in numerous appeals, and at one juncture, a trip to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Now, a few weeks later, a more friendly atmosphere has apparently been set between Apple and Samsung as reports said the companies have finally agreed to settle.

Last month, a California jury determined that the size of the reward should be $539 million, a decision that raised objections from Samsung.


While Apple scored a major public relations victory with an initial US$1 billion verdict in 2012, Samsung also obtained rulings in its favour and avoided an injunction that would have blocked it from selling phones in the USA market, Risch said.

Apple and Samsung are rivals for the title of world's largest smartphone maker, and the dollar sums involved in the decision are unlikely to have an impact on either's bottom line.

That award was seen as a victory for Apple, which had argued in court that design was essential to the iPhone.

"We believe deeply in the value of design", Apple said recently, "and our teams work tirelessly to create innovative products that delight our customers".

The jury had been asked to determine whether design features at issue in the case are worth all profit made from Samsung smartphones that copied them - or whether those features are worth just a fraction because they are components.

Even so, Carrier added that Samsung and Apple "likely realized that it was time to move on".

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