Apple and Samsung's seven-year patent infringement battle has finally been settled

Apple and Samsung's seven-year patent infringement battle has finally been settled

Apple and Samsung's seven-year patent infringement battle has finally been settled

The original lawsuit saw Apple go after Samsung for allegedly infringing on Cupertino's iPhone user interface, basic design and advertising, along with several patents, including the iOS home screen, iPhone 3G design patents, the Messages interface, the "bounce back" effect when you scroll too far (like the modern pull to refresh feature) and other various user interface and app patents. Specifically, both companies, based on the court documents, have chose to drop and settle the remaining claims, including counter claims, in the legal battle.

Indeed in parallel with the court case - and the evolving iPhone - Apple has also been working to extricate itself from its dependence on Samsung's components.

The legal battles have gone on so long that the phones included in numerous lawsuits were not even available for sale anymore, which means that the struggle mainly came down to monetary settlements.

Documents filed with the Northern District Court of California this morning indicate that both parties have agreed to drop and settle the remaining claims and counter claims in their legal battle.

Back in 2011, Apple successfully alleged Samsung's Galaxy phones had stolen patented software features like bounce back, pinch to zoom, tap to zoom and had copied the iPhone's hardware design in a number of ways.

"This case has always been about more than money", the statement read.

When contacted by AFP for comment, Apple referred to a statement released last month after the jury announced the damages award. In August 2012, Apple won the initial jury verdict and was awarded $1.05 billion, but Koh ordered a retrial after deciding the jury added an extra $399 million for violation of additional trademarks that weren't included in the trial. The case originally started in 2011.

Samsung's lawyers appealed the case, bringing down the compensation of $1 billion to $400 million in 2015 at the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

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