Published: Thu, June 28, 2018
Tech | By Amelia Peters

Apple and Samsung finally reach a settlement in patent infringement case

Apple and Samsung finally reach a settlement in patent infringement case

Marking an end to one of the more high-profile tech disputes of our time, Apple and Samsung earlier today settled their ongoing patent dispute that raged on unabated for seven years.

Apple's argument was that Samsung's penalty should be calculated on the entire cost of the iPhone.

This agreement only comes after a court sided with Apple in May, telling Samsung to hand over $539 million.

Documents filed with the Northern District Court of California this morning indicate that both parties have agreed to drop and settle the remaining claims and counter claims in their legal battle.

Neither Samsung nor Apple revealed what the terms of the settlement were. Since the case first came about, we've seen the judge rule in Apple's favor back in 2012, and an endless series of appeals since then.

"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.

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When contacted by AFP for comment, Apple referred to a statement released last month after the jury announced the damages award.

The lawsuit started in 2011, when Apple alleged that Samsung's Nexus Android phones infringed on Apple's patents, trademarks, user interface and style. But, as evidenced by the number of cases that Apple has brought against Android manufacturers in recent years, Apple is not afraid to sue in order to defend its intellectual property.

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

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.

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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