Apple and Samsung have ended a years-long patent battle over copied iPhone design with an undisclosed settlement, according to a USA court filing Wednesday. Apple's argument was that Samsung's penalty should be calculated on the entire cost of the iPhone.
How much Samsung agreed to pay Apple hasn't been disclosed. Apple was awarded $539 million in May by a United States jury; prior to the award, Samsung had already paid Apple $399 million, so Samsung had an outstanding payment of $140 million, according to Reuters.
Financial terms of the settlement were not revealed and neither company elaborated on the brief court order which dismissed the litigation dating back to 2011.
"This case has always been about more than money", the statement read.
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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. "It is important that we continue to protect the hard work and innovation of so many people at Apple", Apple had said in a statement at the time.
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. But the case has had a lasting impact on U.S. patent law. While Apple scored a major public relations victory with an initial $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 United States market, Risch said. The case began with the iPhone 3GS and the Galaxy S i9000: since then, both Apple and Samsung have completely reinvented their software and hardware styling.
Samsung had previously paid Apple $548 million, of which $399 million was for products that infringed the design patents plus more for infringing a utility patent that was not at issue in the retrial, according to a Bloomberg report.