Apple and Samsung end patent fight after seven long years

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Samsung and Apple have been at each other's throats for over seven years due to patent infringements, but on June 27, 2018, it was revealed that the two companies had finally reached a settlement.

The trial first erupted in 2011, just a year after Apple released the original iPhone 4. But the last major event in the case came in May when the court ordered Samsung to pay Apple $539 million in damages.

"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 filing (PDF) reads".

Neither Samsung nor Apple clarified what the terms of the settlement were.

The terms of the settlement between the two tech giants weren't part of the court documents filed today.

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"Whereas the court has been advised by the parties that the above-entitled action has been settled, all remaining claims and counterclaims in this case are hereby dismissed with prejudice", US District Court Judge Lucy Koh wrote. Apple ignited the smartphone revolution with iPhone and it is a fact that Samsung blatantly copied our design. That said, Apple pretty much won handily at every phase, since, you know, Samsung really did copy its product designs.

Apple hasn't commented on the settlement, but is referring media outlets back to its comments in May. It was ordered to pay the U.S. tech giant more than $1 billion for infringing on three of Apple's design patents related to mobile devices - the quick links to phone numbers, the slide-to-unlock feature and the auto-correct function.

The jury in a lower court in San Jose, California, voted in Apple's favour.

After appeals and trials, this $1.05 billion amount was reduced, and Samsung agreed to pay some damages.