Published: Thu, June 28, 2018
Tech | By Tabitha Holland

Samsung and Apple settle ongoing patent dispute from 2011

Samsung and Apple settle ongoing patent dispute from 2011

Apple and Samsung Electronics have reached a settlement in their USA patents battle, putting an end to a seven-year fight over smartphone designs.

The Court filing also states that the "remaining claims and counterclaims in this action are hereby dismissed with prejudice", and another case can not be filed on the same claim. Samsung did not immediately return a request for comment.

Paul Berghoff, a patent lawyer with McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff, referred to Apple and Samsung as "Sumo wrestlers who have exhausted of the wrestling match". The terms of the settlement were not disclosed in the court filing.


The two tech giants have finally ended a 7-year patent battle in which both companies argued the other's phones used technology that had already been patented.

The trial first erupted in 2011, just a year after Apple released the original iPhone 4.

Apple has not responded to a request for comment on the settlement and Samsung declined.


"This case has always been about more than money", the statement read. But the last major event in the case came in May when the court ordered Samsung to pay Apple $539 million in damages.

The case had been set to make yet another appearance in Koh's Northern California District Court to settle yet another pack of Apple infringement claims and Samsung counterclaims. "It is important that we continue to protect the hard work and innovation of so many people at Apple", the iPhone maker said in a statement. In 2012, Samsung was ordered to pay Apple more than $1 billion for iPhone and iPad patent infringement, but that penalty was later reduced to $450 million by a federal judge.

"Dang! I figured the kids I've been raising since this thing started would have time to grow up, go to law school and work on this case someday."
Apple was originally awarded $1 billion in damages, but a series of appeals pushed the ruling all the way to the Supreme Court.


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