Apple, Samsung settle epic patent infringement battle

30 June, 2018, 18:31 | Author: Rickey Flowers
  • The Apple vs Samsung iPhone-copying lawsuit is finally over

In a joint filing at the US District Court for the Northern District of California, Apple and Samsung agreed to drop and settle their remaining claims and counterclaims in the matter.

Apple and Samsung have ended a years-long patent battle over copied iPhone design with an undisclosed settlement, according to a USA court filing today.

The settlement comes weeks after a United States jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple $539 million in damages for copying features of the original iPhone.

Samsung insisted then that it should only have to pay $28 million in damages for profits from the components of its Galaxy phones that copied Apple's patents. The amount of damages due APPLE has been bounced around through a series of appeals for years.

Samsung did not immediately return a request for comment.

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As always, Samsung's attorneys took a fit at the last verdict vowing to appeal the decision and mocked the Jury's verdict.

Apple spokeswoman Rachel Wolf Tulley provided this statement: "We believe deeply in the value of design, and our teams work tirelessly to create innovative products that delight our customers". In 2012, Apple won the case and was to receive more than a billion dollars, but in 2016, the case went for review.

As previously reported "FACTS", the trial began in 2011 when Apple accused Samsung that it infringed the intellectual property of the company, including patents and trademarks. It is important that we continue to protect the hard work and innovation of so many people at Apple.

The South Korean tech giant hasn't sold the phones in question in more than five years. But the case has had a lasting impact on USA patent law. It was ordered to pay the USA tech giant more than $1 billion for infringing on three of Apple's design patents related to mobile devices - the quick links to phone numbers, the slide-to-unlock feature and the auto-correct function.

Samsung, however, claimed that the compensation should only take parts into consideration and not the entire smartphones.

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