Published: Thu, June 28, 2018
IT | By Emmett Cole

Apple and Samsung end 7 year long patent battle

Apple and Samsung end 7 year long patent battle

That document, filed with the Northern District Court of California, confirmed that the Apple and Samsung would "settle their remaining claims and counterclaims in this matter". How much, if anything, Samsung must pay Apple under Wednesday's settlement could not immediately be learned.

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.

At the time, Apple alleged - in multiple individual patent suits - that Samsung copied the iPhone with their devices.

This particular dispute has been going on since 2011 when Apple sued Samsung.

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

After the filing, "all remaining claims and counterclaims in this case are hereby dismissed with prejudice, to the extent such are still pending, and all parties shall bear their own attorneys' fees and costs", Justice Lucy Koh wrote in her order today.

Apple delivered the following statement last May when the case was first ruled on, and it referred The Verge to that statement once more. Samsung would eventually be ordered to pay Apple $539m in damages, but not before the case went all the way to the Supreme Court and back.

All told, Samsung products were found to have infringed three of Apple's design patents - including a form factor featuring rounded corners - and two of Apple's utility patents. Apple was originally awarded $1 billion in damages, but a series of appeals pushed the ruling all the way to the Supreme Court. "It is important that we continue to protect the hard work and innovation of so many people at Apple".

Samsung had previously paid Apple $399 million to compensate for patent infringement. But the case has had a lasting impact on U.S. patent law.

Like this: