Apple, Samsung settle lengthy iPhone patent war

28 June, 2018, 14:45 | Author: Kristen Mcgee
  • The Apple vs Samsung iPhone-copying lawsuit is finally over

Apple and Samsung have ended a years-long patent battle over copied iPhone design with an undisclosed settlement, according to a United States court filing Wednesday.

Terms of the settlement, filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, were not available.

After the filing, "all remaining claims and counterclaims in this case are hereby dismissed with prejudice, to the extent such are still pending, and all parties shall bear their own attorneys' fees and costs", Justice Lucy Koh wrote in her order today.

Are you relieved this is the end of the Samsung vs Apple patent war?

Apple ignited the smartphone revolution with iPhone and it is a fact that Samsung blatantly copied our design. The settlement terms were not included in the document, however.

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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. 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 past year.

"Dang! I figured the kids I've been raising since this thing started would have time to grow up, go to law school and work on this case someday."

Apple first sued the Korean technology giant back in 2011, and it won the case in 2012.

The retrial regarding damages was one element of a $548 million penalty - knocked down from an original $1 billion jury award - Samsung was ordered to pay for copying iPhone patents.

Samsung's lawyers appealed the case, bringing down the compensation of $1 billion to $400 million in 2015 at the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

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