After 7 Long Years, Apple And Samsung Settled The Patent Suit

Posted: Jun 29 2018, 6:33am CDT | by , Updated: Jun 29 2018, 10:02am CDT, in Apple

 

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After 7 long years, Apple and Samsung settled the patent suit
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The famous dispute started in 2010 when Samsung was accused by Apple for copying iPhones, and the iPhone maker knocked on the door of justice by reaching to the US courts in 2011.

Samsung and Apple are finally on the verge to mop over the longstanding mess of legal patents and will be kickstarting a fresh relationship afterward. Both of the tech giants have decided to settle their patent battle which started in 2011 and since then, it was going on and on. The battle case which stated that Samsung copying design features from the iPhone is resolved outside the court for an obvious undisclosed amount.

The famous dispute started in 2010 when Samsung was accused by Apple for copying iPhones, and the iPhone maker knocked on the door of justice by reaching to the US courts in 2011. Later, after a year, Samsung got fined for over a $billion for violating but the Korean smartphone giant refused to pay the fine and decided to reach the Supreme court of the USA which then ruled the case in favor of Apple but with a lowered down the penalty of $399 million. The popular case was sent back to a lower court for the final financial adjustments where just last month, Samsung got ordered by the court to pay Apple an amount of $539 million.

However, the case was more than about money, and it involved the prestige of both the smartphone giants. Both of the moguls spend millions on attorney fees to defend their sides and to claim their spot. This lawsuit became a perfect example of how important patents are that targeted compelling features of that time such as tap to zoom, home-screen dock, scrolling utilities, rounded icons, slide to unlock, etc.

While these lawsuits and cases became common and some of them faded off the existence, the case was all about Samsung using the aforementioned features in the early models of its smartphones to gain a massive lead over iPhones. Both the companies didn’t comment on the settlement and its amount, but eventually, it seems like both tech giants got tired of the prolonged legal battle.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/32" rel="author">Ahmed Humayun</a>
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