Published: Thu, June 28, 2018
Industry | By Kenny Hampton

Game Over: Apple, Samsung Settle Epic Legal Battle

Game Over: Apple, Samsung Settle Epic Legal Battle

Apple's lawsuit claimed Samsung, now the world's biggest handset maker, copied the design and other features of the iPhone as the smartphone market was exploding. The settlement follows a damages retrial in which Apple won a US$539-million jury award in May. We aren't sure if more money will be owed now that the two have settled, but I expect those details will be released sooner or later.

"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", read the settlement notice. The settlement terms were not included in the document, however.

Samsung, however, declined to comment.

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According to a report in CNET, Judge Lucy Koh signed the order, "dismissing all suits with prejudice, which means another case can't be filed on the same claim".

Apple delivered the following statement last May when the case was first ruled on, and it referred The Verge to that statement once more.

Apple alleged Samsung's Nexus Android phones infringed on Apple's patents, trademarks, user interface and style. It was ordered to pay the USA tech giant more than $1 billion for infringing on three of Apple's design patents related to mobile devices - the quick links to phone numbers, the slide-to-unlock feature and the auto-correct function. "It is important that we continue to protect the hard work and innovation of so many people at Apple". While Apple scored a major public relations victory with an initial $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 United States market, Risch said.

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