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Apple and Samsung end seven-year long iPhone patent battle

28 June, 2018, 14:44 | Author: Arnold Gilbert
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Cupertino-based Apple and Samsung agreed Wednesday to settle their long-running dispute over design and utility patent-infringement allegations at the U.S. District Court of Northern California in San Jose.

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. Apple and Samsung in a district court filing in San Jose, California, confirmed that they were settling the issue, which has continued for almost seven years. In a previous publicised settlement over patents with HTC, Apple didn't disclose settlement terms. Apple declined to comment any further on the terms of settlement, but insisted that it "cares deeply about design" and that the case was more than just the money.

In May, at the retrial in San Jose, Apple won a US$539m award in a jury verdict. When the verdict was first announced in 2012, Samsung had faced a huge $1.05 billion fine from the jury, which had ruled in Apple's favour in the patent claim case. "It is important that we continue to protect the hard work and innovation of so many people at Apple". 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 previous year.

The fight started in 2011, when Apple sued its South Korean competitor, seeking more than $2bn in damages.

The two tech giants have finally ended a 7-year patent battle in which both companies argued the other's phones used technology that had already been patented.

In the latest trial, Apple has the burden of proof to prove that Samsung should pay the full $1 billion in damages. But the case has had a lasting impact on USA patent law.

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