Apple and Samsung Agree to End Patent Suits Outside the U.S.A.

Apple and Samsung Agree to End Patent Suits Outside the U.S.A.

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Apple and Samsung have agreed to end their patent suits against each other outside of the U.S.A., according to a statement provided to Bloomberg. The companies had pending lawsuits in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, South Korea, and the U.K.

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

Apple has accused Samsung of copying the design for its iPhone and iPad; however, the company has not been able to achieve a major legal victory against Samsung outside of the U.S.

In May, a California jury ruled that Samsung infringed on two of Apple's patents, awarding Apple $119.6 million in damages. Back in 2012 the company won a major $1 billion victory against Samsung. The jury award in that case was adjusted down slightly to $992 million.

Despite Apple's victories in the U.S., it dropped a cross-appeal in the first California case against Samsung last month. Perhaps we are finally seeing a deescalation in the legal war between the companies.

According to WSJ, Apple has found another way to hurt Samsung - by shifting chip production to TSMC.

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Apple and Samsung Agree to End Patent Suits Outside the U.S.A.

NoGoodNick - August 6, 2014 at 3:09pm
I hate to suggest it, but as MS's new lawsuit against Samsung shows, you can't trust Samsung to obey legal agreements. They'll agree, but there's no guarantee they'll honor the agreement, or even attempt to. Especially now that Samsung's profitability is sliding.
Samsung - August 6, 2014 at 4:29am
Time to suck up the diaper rashes and tantrums now that we put the past behind and face the facts already with using lawsuits and trolls to save us. iPhone 6 will end us all for good.
Dumb comments - August 6, 2014 at 4:06am