Apple and Samsung settle their patent dispute after 7 years of legal battles
28 June, 2018, 09:27
In a line which seems to be one that crops up over and over again, Apple and Samsung have once again been sparring over an ongoing legal battle relating to a design patent. 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.
Apple's argument was that Samsung's penalty should be calculated on the entire cost of the iPhone.
Samsung lost the case in 2012. "This case has always been about more than money".
"They have agreed to drop [the lawsuits] and settle their remaining claims and counterclaims in this matter", District Court Judge Lucy Koh announced today.
The first ruling demanded that Samsung pay Apple roughly $1 billion to close the case, but numerous appeals have since extended the battle to 2018, with Samsung continuously attempting to reduce that number. Apple declined to comment on the agreement, but an Apple rep referred CNN to a company statement released last month that said, "Apple ignited the smartphone revolution with iPhone and it is a fact that Samsung blatantly copied our design".
After waging war against each other in the courtroom for over seven years, the two sides have finally agreed to a settlement that will end all remaining claims and counterclaims.
The lawsuit started in 2011, when Apple alleged that Samsung's Nexus Android phones infringed on Apple's patents, trademarks, user interface and style. In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court threw out the $399 million decision and ordered the case to virtually restart in San Jose.
"We're grateful to the jury for their service and pleased they agree that Samsung should pay for copying our products", it added.
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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