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Apple and Samsung unexpectedly end patent lawsuits outside the US

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Wed Aug 06 2014, 10:02
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IN AN UNEXPECTED DEVELOPMENT, Apple and Samsung have agreed to end all patent lawsuits outside the US.

While the two rivals' most high-profile lawsuits are in the US, Apple and Samsung have agreed to drop all legal battles outside the United States. The companies had been battling in court across nine other countries, including Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

According to a joint statement from Apple and Samsung, there will be no licensing agreements made, with the firms calling a truce instead.

"Samsung and Apple have agreed to drop all litigation between the two companies outside the United States," the statement read. "This agreement does not involve any licensing arrangements, and the companies are continuing to pursue the existing cases in US courts."

This statement seems to suggest that the firms have no intentions of calling an end to their Stateside court battles, where the firms' legal war began in 2011.

Speaking to Reuters, technology analyst Young Park agreed, saying, "Their fighting spirit has weakened and they now seek to focus on the key battleground, the US.

"They now see little need to wage a war around the world, which will only fatten the bills of lawyers," he said, adding the deal raised the possibility of a final license agreement settling how the companies use each other's patented technologies.

The legal battles began three years ago when Apple sued Samsung for "intentionally copying" the iPhone and iPad, asking for a US ban on the sale of the South Korean firm's smartphone and tablet devices, a lawsuit that saw Apple win more than $1bn in damages from a controversial jury verdict that is still being challenged by Samsung.

The firm scored another legal victory over Samsung in May, with a US court ruling that the company infringed two Apple patents, and must pay $119.6m in damages - a fraction of the $2bn that Apple had been seeking.

Samsung has counter-claimed that Apple used some of its technology without permission. µ


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