Apple, Samsung end 7-yr-old iPhone patent battle with undisclosed truce

Apple, Samsung end 7-yr-old iPhone patent battle with undisclosed truce

Apple, Samsung end 7-yr-old iPhone patent battle with undisclosed truce

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 U.S. market, Risch said.

"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.

Samsung appealed part of that award, taking its case all the way to the Supreme Court, arguing that damages should be limited since patent infringement involved only certain features.

Ltd. Wednesday settled a legal battle over a patent dispute that had lasted seven years, a court document shows.

The resolution comes a month after a jury concluded Samsung owed Apple 539 million dollars (£400 million) for copying some of the iPhone's innovations in some of Samsung's competing products. Samsung naturally defended its position vigorously, and would soon file a number of countersuits against Apple for patent infringement.

The legal dispute between the two tech giants started in 2011 when Apple sued Samsung, who countersued Apple the same year. However, the terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

Samsung declined to comment about the settlement.

In 2016, in a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court agreed, handing a victory to Samsung.

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. Luckily it seems that neither company is interested in seeing the case through until the end, moving on to bigger, better and more innovative smartphone designs than we've seen before.

Apple originally pursued to obstruct Samsung phones from the market, but the technology at debate has for a long time obsolete, and the battle since then has predominantly about money.

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