Apple and Samsung end 7 year long patent battle

Apple and Samsung end 7 year long patent battle

Apple's seven-year-long patent battle with Samsung had begun to feel like a permanent fact of life. The Galaxy phones had, at first launch, implemented Apple's patent features such as tap to zoom, the home screen app grid and so on.

The two have taken jabs at each other over the years, with Samsung making fun of everything from the iPhone X's notch to the disappearance of the headphone jack in new Apple devices.

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

"We believe deeply in the value of design, and our teams work tirelessly to create innovative products that delight our customers", the Apple statement noted.

Judge Lucy Koh, of the Northern District Court of California, has published a filing announcing the settlement.

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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.

That award was seen as a victory for Apple, which had argued in court that design was essential to the iPhone. Or were your fascinated by the battle between the world's most dominant mobile makers?

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court threw out the US$399m decision and ordered the case to virtually restart in San Jose.

"We're grateful to the jury for their service and pleased they agree that Samsung should pay for copying our products", it added. It was ordered to pay the USA 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.

Samsung paid US$548m of the US$1.05b owed to Apple in 2015, but appealed all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the US$399m decision.

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