Apple, Samsung settle seven-year legal battle over design patent infringement

Apple, Samsung settle seven-year legal battle over design patent infringement

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

What resulted was a seemingly endless legal battle that would see both sides lob multiple infringement claims and counterclaims, including Apple at one point getting some Samsung phones banned from sale in the US.

In its 2011 complaint, Apple wrote: "Instead of pursuing independent product development, Samsung has chosen to slavishly copy Apple's innovative technology, distinctive user interfaces, and elegant and distinctive product and packaging design, in violation of Apple's valuable intellectual property rights".

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

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In a filing at a district court in San Jose, California, late on Wednesday, the two tech giants notified the judge that that "they have agreed to drop and settle their remaining claims and counterclaims in this matter".

The legal battles have gone on so long that the phones included in numerous lawsuits were not even available for sale anymore, which means that the struggle mainly came down to monetary settlements. 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. "This case has always been about more than money". It was unclear how this week's ruling would affect that settlement.

Samsung was ordered to pay over a billion dollars to Apple, but that amount was later lowered to roughly $340 million. Apple ignited the smartphone revolution with iPhone and it is a fact that Samsung blatantly copied our design. "It is important that we continue to protect the hard work and innovation of so many people at Apple". The court originally sided with Apple in 2012, ordering Samsung to pay more than $1 billion in damages.

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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