Koh YEAH! Apple and Samsung finally settle iPhone patent spat

Noel Cummings
June 28, 2018

"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 lawsuit started in 2011, when Apple alleged infringement of patents, trademarks, user interface and style against Samsung's then-new Nexus Android phones.

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An epic legal battle between smartphone titans is finally over.

Samsung was ordered to pay over a billion dollars to Apple, but that amount was later lowered to roughly $340 million. 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. Apple had originally been granted more than $1bn in damages from its South Korean nemesis, having convinced the courts in a 2012 ruling that Samsung had infringed on its distinctive iPhone design with various Galaxy handsets.

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The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

The settlement asks that all claims in the case be dismissed with prejudice (meaning they could not be re-filed) and that both companies pay their own legal fees. "We believe deeply in the value of design, and our teams work tirelessly to create innovative products that delight our customers", Apple wrote. 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 U.S. market, Risch said. In December 2016, the court sided unanimously with Samsung's argument that a patent violator does not have to hand over the entire profit it made from stolen designs if those designs covered only certain portions of a product but not the entire object.

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In May, at the retrial in San Jose, Apple won a $539 million award in a jury verdict.

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