Apple has agreed top drop patent claims against the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini so long as Samsung doesn't sell the device in the U.S.A., reports Reuters. The agreement was disclosed in a San Jose U.S. District Court filing made today.
Last month Apple had asked the court to add the Galaxy S III Mini and other devices to its litigation against Samsung. Responding, Samsung said that since the device was not available for sale in the United States it shouldn't be included. Sales had started in Europe. Since Apple lawyers were able to purchase "multiple units" of the Mini from Amazon.com and have them delivered in the U.S. the device was targeted.
However, since Samsung says it is not "making, using, selling, offering to sell or importing the Galaxy S III Mini in the United States" Apple agreed to withdraw its patent claims on the Mini, "so long as the current withdrawal will not prejudice Apple's ability later to accuse the Galaxy S III Mini if the factual circumstances change."