Apple and Samsung end patent fight after seven long years

Angelica Greene
June 28, 2018

Koh signed off on the order Wednesday, marking the official end to Apple's claims that Samsung had ripped off its patents with its Android smartphones.

Apple and Samsung have always been at war with each other over the iPhone's design similarities with Samsungs smartphones.

An epic legal battle between smartphone titans is finally over. Terms were not available, but according to the Wall Street Journal, the companies filed a notice in California federal court that they had agreed to settle the case.

"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".

This agreement only comes after a court sided with Apple in May, telling Samsung to hand over $539 million. Terms of the settlement were not given. "It is important that we continue to protect the hard work and innovation of so many people at Apple".

But it comes weeks after a U.S. jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple $539m (£403m) in damages for copying features of the original iPhone.

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The final amount Samsung will have to play remains undisclosed, so it seems we'll never know how much Apple will get from the long-running case.

South Korea-based Samsung declined to comment.

Samsung appealed part of that award, taking its case all the way to the Supreme Court, arguing that damages should be limited since patent infringement involved only certain features.

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.

The lawsuit started in 2011, when Apple alleged infringement of patents, trademarks, user interface and style against Samsung's then-new Nexus Android phones.

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