Apple and Samsung settle patent war

Apple and Samsung settle patent war

Apple and Samsung settle patent war

On Wednesday, according to court documents filed, the two smartphone manufacturing giants chose to settle the case. Terms of the legal settlement were not disclosed. In 2012, a jury awarded more than $1 billion in damages to Apple but of course there was a subsequent retrial. Samsung naturally defended its position vigorously, and would soon file a number of countersuits against Apple for patent infringement.

KitGuru Says: Given that Apple and Samsung ended the rest of its legal battles in 2014, this marks the end of the ongoing conflict between the two companies.

In May, a US jury awarded Apple US$539 million (S$737 million), after Samsung had previously paid Apple US$399 million to compensate for patent infringement.

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

Apple and Samsung are rivals for the title of world's largest smartphone maker, and the dollar sums involved in the decision are unlikely to have an impact on either's bottom line.

"This case has always been about more than money", the statement read.

A tribunal in May instructed Samsung to pay Apple $539 million for transgressing on its patents.

As part of an earlier verdict, it was determined that Samsung infringed on three of Apple's iPhone design patents.

The jury had been asked to determine whether design features at issue in the case are worth all profit made from Samsung smartphones that copied them - or whether those features are worth just a fraction because they are components. They covered having a rectangular front face with rounded edges and a grid of colorful icons on a black screen. This led the South Korean tech giant to countersue the Cupertino, California-headquartered Apple in the same year.

Was the long fight worth it?

"This settlement marks the official end of the 'smartphone patent wars, '" said Brian Love, an assistant professor at the Santa Clara University School of Law.

If you're interested in more of the background in the Apple-Samsung patent battle you could check out Bloomberg's report here.

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