Published: Thu, June 28, 2018
Tech | By Anita Cain

Apple and Samsung end 7 year long patent battle

Apple and Samsung end 7 year long patent battle

A filing from the U.S. District Court for California's Northern District confirmed this news, and while the exact details of what this settlement entails are still unclear, we can officially say that the lawsuit has been laid to rest.

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.

South Korea-based Samsung declined to comment.

All told, Samsung products were found to have infringed three of Apple's design patents - including a form factor featuring rounded corners - and two of Apple's utility patents.

The terms of the settlement between the two tech giants weren't part of the court documents filed today.

The document doesn't specify the terms of the settlement, so it's unclear if Samsung agreed to pay the $539 million it was supposed to, or if a different agreement was reached.

The legal consensus seems to be that Samsung has indeed copied many of Apple's patents, so the battle has mostly come down to how much Samsung owes.

Apple had alleged that Samsung violated its patents by copying the design of the iPhone. "This case has always been about more than money".

After appeals and trials, this $1.05 billion amount was reduced, and Samsung agreed to pay some damages. "We believe deeply in the value of design, and our teams work tirelessly to create innovative products that delight our customers", Apple wrote. Today's settlement comes on the heels of another patent battle with Samsung, over the iPhone's slide-to-unlock functionality, in which Apple won $120 million in November of previous year. The dispute costed both companies billions of Ringgit in litigation costs and penalties over the years, but it also changed the way patent laws worked in the US.

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