Apple, Samsung settle patent infringement battle after seven years

Apple, Samsung settle patent infringement battle after seven years

Apple, Samsung settle patent infringement battle after seven years

That document, filed with the Northern District Court of California, confirmed that the Apple and Samsung would "settle their remaining claims and counterclaims in this matter".

The legal consensus seems to be that Samsung has indeed copied many of Apple's patents, so the battle has mostly come down to how much Samsung owes. LG wants to supply all the screens for that Apple model, though it's not clear it can yet achieve that, one of the people said.

A report from the South China Morning Post says that Apple is considering using LG Display-made OLED screens in between 2 million and 4 million iPhone X Plus units.

Here's all you need to know about the case: patents allegedly copied, what Apple and Samsung claimed and how it reached a conclusion.

An Apple spokesman declined to comment on the terms of the settlement. In May, a US jury awarded Apple $539 million. "We believe deeply in the value of design, and our teams work tirelessly to create innovative products that delight our customers", Apple wrote. This has been a back and forth battle where each company countersued at every turn, and also brought the fight to courts in countries around the world.

Paul Berghoff, a patent lawyer with McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff, referred to Apple and Samsung as "Sumo wrestlers who have exhausted of the wrestling match". Should LG win an iPhone contract, it'll mean that LG Display is finally ready to deliver the high-quality OLED screens Apple wants, displays that match Samsung's performance. Unsurprisingly, Samsung countered that it should only pay damages on the portion of the iPhone design that it was found to have infringed on. In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court threw out the $399 million decision and ordered the case to virtually restart in San Jose.

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