Phoney war over: Apple and Samsung end their long-running patent dispute


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

On May 24 Patently Apple posted a report titled "While Samsung wanted to Pay Apple $28 Million for Patent Infringement, the Jury's Verdict was for over Half a Billion", followed by a report titled "Samsung Legal Explodes in Anger over the Verdict Favoring Apple in Light of the Previous Supreme Court Ruling", on May 25.

In May, a USA jury awarded Apple US$539 million, after Samsung had previously paid Apple US$399 million to compensate for patent infringement - Samsung would need to make an additional payment to Apple of almost US$140 million if the verdict was upheld.

SAMSUNG has yet to comment, while APPLE reiterated its statement after last month's jury award: "We believe deeply in the value of design, and our teams work tirelessly to create innovative products that delight our customers". Samsung then countersued over 3G patents.

The Apple-Samsung battle, which started in 2011, formally ended after the world's two top smartphone manufacturers informed Judge Lucy Koh of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Jose of their settlement.

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The U.S. company earlier claimed Samsung violated its designs, such as a "black rectangular front face with rounded corners", a "rectangular front face with rounded corners and a raised rim" and a "grid of 16 colorful icons on a black screen".

A Samsung spokeswoman declined to comment.

Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics on Wednesday (June 27) settled a seven-year patent dispute over Apple's allegations that Samsung violated its patents by "slavishly" copying the design of the iPhone.

At one point, Apple sought $2bn in damages when Samsung argued it owed $28m. In 2012, Apple won the case and was to receive more than a billion dollars, but in 2016, the case went for review. It is important that we continue to protect the hard work and innovation of so many people at APPLE. But the case has had a lasting impact on United States patent law. Terms of the settlement were not made public, according to Reuters.