Apple and Samsung Terminate Smartphone Patent Disagreements

Apple and Samsung Terminate Smartphone Patent Disagreements

Apple and Samsung Terminate Smartphone Patent Disagreements

Apple was originally asking for $2.5 billion in damages from the Galaxy S maker, and although the court heavily favoured the California-based company in its initial ruling, Samsung was only ordered to pay $1.05 billion in damages instead.

The lawsuit - which reached the U.S. Supreme Court past year and was referred back to the federal court in San Jose - was concluded in a quick missive written by attorneys from both sides and ordered by Judge Lucy Koh.

While Apple scored a major public relations victory with an initial US$1 billion verdict in 2012, Samsung also obtained rulings in its favour and avoided an injunction that would have blocked it from selling phones in the U.S. market, Risch said.

A Samsung spokeswoman declined to comment.

Samsung refrained from disclosing other details, including the amount of compensation provided to Apple.

"We believe deeply in the value of design, and our teams work tirelessly to create innovative products that delight our customers".

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All told, Samsung products were found to have infringed three of Apple's design patents - including a form factor featuring rounded corners - and two of Apple's utility patents.

Samsung paid $548 million of the $1.05 billion owed to Apple in 2015, but appealed all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the $399 million decision.

Samsung counter-sued with its own claims of patent infringement.

"This dispute raised some important issues and contributed to the evolution of patent case law", said Florian Mueller, a noted intellectual property activist who has covered the event from the start, "but the part related to design patents was going in circles".

An Apple spokesman reiterated a previous statement from the company that the "case has always been about more than money", and that Apple had ignited the smartphone revolution with the iPhone.

If you're interested in more of the background in the Apple-Samsung patent battle you could check out Bloomberg's report here. I'm willing to go to thermonuclear war on this.

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