Apple and Samsung finally settle seven year USA patent dispute

Apple and Samsung settle their patent dispute after 7 years of legal battles

Apple and Samsung settle their patent dispute after 7 years of legal battles

Apple and Samsung Electronics have reached a settlement in their U.S. patents battle, putting an end to a seven-year fight over smartphone designs.

The whole thing started when Samsung released some Galaxy phones in 2010-11 that looked a lot like the iPhone.

What resulted was a seemingly endless legal battle that would see both sides lob multiple infringement claims and counterclaims, including Apple at one point getting some Samsung phones banned from sale in the US. When the dust settled, Apple last month was awarded $539 million in damages, a figure far below the $1 billion sought by Apple and far above the $28 million Samsung was willing to pay.

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"Plaintiff Apple Inc. and Defendants Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Samsung Electronics America, Inc., and Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC would like to inform the Court that they have agreed to drop and settle their remaining claims and counterclaims in this matter", the settlement notice stated. Terms of the settlement were not made public, according to Reuters.

The Court filing also states that the "remaining claims and counterclaims in this action are hereby dismissed with prejudice", and another case can not be filed on the same claim.

Those design elements were protected, prompting the jury to award Apple all the profits from sales of smartphones containing those features, Samsung lawyers said in their filing. This verdict prompted Apple to issue a statement claiming their battle with Samsung was always about "more than money", and that their primary goal with the suits was to "protect the hard work and innovation" of their team. In a previous publicised settlement over patents with HTC, Apple didn't disclose settlement terms. It was ordered to pay the United States 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.

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