Apple, Samsung settle 7-year-long battle over patent dispute

Saul Franklin
June 30, 2018

Cupertino-based Apple and Samsung agreed Wednesday to settle their long-running dispute over design and utility patent-infringement allegations at the U.S. District Court of Northern California in San Jose.

As noted, the company did not disclose the terms of the settlement.

At one point, Apple sought $2bn in damages when Samsung argued it owed $28m. Ultimately, Samsung was ordered to pay Apple $539 million.

Apple (AAPL) and Samsung Electronics have reached a settlement in their USA patent battle, putting an end to a seven-year fight over smartphone designs. The amount of damages due Apple has bounced around through a series of appeals.

Now, a few weeks later, a more friendly atmosphere has apparently been set between Apple and Samsung as reports said the companies have finally agreed to settle.

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

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"We believe deeply in the value of design", Apple said recently, "and our teams work tirelessly to create innovative products that delight our customers".

While Apple scored a major public relations victory with an initial US$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.

As part of an earlier verdict, it was determined that Samsung infringed on three of Apple's iPhone design patents.

The news, which was reported first by Bloomberg, reveals that LG Display will initially supply between two to four million OLED screens to Apple, and these screens will be used in one new iPhone model in 2018, reportedly the much-rumoured 6.5-inch edition, before then being adopted in even greater number in 2019.

"We're grateful to the jury for their service and pleased they agree that Samsung should pay for copying our products", it added. But the case has had a lasting impact on USA patent law.

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