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Published: Thu, June 28, 2018
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Apple, Samsung settle epic patent infringement battle

Apple, Samsung settle epic patent infringement battle

Apple and Samsung have settled their seven-year patent dispute over Apple's allegations that Samsung copied the iPhone's design and software, reports CNN.

An epic legal battle between smartphone titans is finally over.

Apple alleged Samsung's Nexus Android phones infringed on Apple's patents, trademarks, user interface and style.

Indeed in parallel with the court case - and the evolving iPhone - Apple has also been working to extricate itself from its dependence on Samsung's components.

"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 accusation was that the Galaxy phone maker had violated Apple design patents across five different Android devices which has been on sale between 2010 and 2011.

Apple has not responded to a request for comment on the settlement and Samsung declined. 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 2012, a United States jury awarded California-based Apple $1.05bn in damages for the copied features, which included design elements like the screen that displays icons in a grid.

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court threw out the US$399m decision and ordered the case to virtually restart in San Jose. Fast forward to May of this year, and Samsung was ordered to pay $539 million in damages in the case, but it was thought that the company might, once again, appeal the decision. Apple was originally awarded $1 billion in damages, but a series of appeals pushed the ruling all the way to the Supreme Court.

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