Apple and Samsung settle lengthy iPhone patent battle

Apple and Samsung settle lengthy iPhone patent battle

Apple and Samsung settle lengthy iPhone patent battle

Terms of the settlement, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, were not available.

Anchor: South Korea's Samsung Electronics and US tech giant Apple have finally settled a patent dispute over allegations that Samsung copied the design of the iPhone.

The most recent damages award was considered a victory for Apple but something of a split decision.

"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", the court document says.

The court previously decided that Samsung did infringe on Apple's patents on several smartphone components and facilities. The amount of damages due Apple has bounced around through a series of appeals.

In 2012, a USA jury awarded California-based Apple $1.05 billion in damages for the copied features, which included design elements like the screen that displays icons in a grid.

Apple had been awarded $539 million in damages in a jury decision at the court last month.

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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.

An Apple statement in May said the company believes "deeply in the value of design, and our teams work tirelessly to create innovative products that delight our customers".

"We're grateful to the jury for their service and pleased they agree that Samsung should pay for copying our products".

Was the long fight worth it?

"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".

Apple iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus smartphones.

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