Apple and Samsung fix a seven year old patent combat over iPhone designs


The forensic clash between the two most important technology companies in the industry started back in 2011 when Apple sued over Samsung, who countersued apple the same year. These giant techs decided to bring an end to this combat which started 7 years ago and decided to move straightaway to the US Supreme Court to resolve this issue.

Late on Wednesday, at a filing at a district court in San Jose, California, the two companies apprised the judge that “they have agreed to drop and settle their remaining claims and counterclaims in this matter”. The terms of the reconciliation were apparently not disclosed.

According to a report in CNET, Judge Lucy Koh signed the order and said “dismissing all suits with prejudice, which means another case can’t be filed on the same claim”.

“Apple ignited the Smartphone revolution with iPhone and it is a fact that Samsung blatantly copied our design. It is important that we continue to protect the hard work and innovation of many people at Apple,” the iPhone maker mentioned in one of his statements.

“We are grateful to the injury for their service and pleased they agree that Samsung should pay for copying our products,” it added.

Samsung, however, denied commenting.

In June 2018, Samsung filed upon a motion with US District Court in San Jose to appeal a verdict that demanded the South Korean brand to pay Apple $539 million for copying iPhone designs which were patented by them.

Samsung lost the case in 2012 and was adjured to pay the US Company more than $1 billion for breaching on three apple’s design patent related to mobile devices:

  1. The quick links to phone numbers
  2. The slide to unlock feature
  3. The auto correct function

Samsungs legal practitioners appealed the case, decreasing the amount of compensation of $1 billion to $400 million in 2015 at the US court of appeals for the federal circuit.


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