Apple, Samsung settle epic patent infringement battle

28 June, 2018, 14:45 | Author: Bennie Parsons
  • Apple and Samsung settle their patent dispute after 7 years of legal battles

Apple and Samsung are finally ending their seven-year long patent dispute.

Judge Lucy Koh, of the Northern District Court of California, has published a filing announcing the settlement. Apple was awarded $539 million in May by a U.S. jury; prior to the award, Samsung had already paid Apple $399 million, so Samsung had an outstanding payment of $140 million, according to Reuters.

"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". Check out the filings in full below. Apple had originally been granted more than $1bn in damages from its South Korean nemesis, having convinced the courts in a 2012 ruling that Samsung had infringed on its distinctive iPhone design with various Galaxy handsets.

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.

Terms of the accord weren't immediately disclosed. "It is important that we continue to protect the hard work and innovation of so many people at Apple", Apple had said in a statement at the time.


Apple hasn't commented on the settlement, but is referring media outlets back to its comments in May.

Apple and Samsung appear to have once and for all settled their years-long patent case.

The string of lawsuits started in 2011 when Apple sued Samsung for allegedly copying the design of the iPhone in the creation of its own line of smartphones.

Samsung had previously paid Apple $548 million, of which $399 million was for products that infringed the design patents plus more for infringing a utility patent that was not at issue in the retrial, according to a Bloomberg report.

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