Samsung has finally agreed to pay up for copying the iPhone

Florence Fletcher
June 28, 2018

In an unexpected move, Apple and Samsung have agreed to settle their seven-year-old patent infringement lawsuit.

"Whereas the court has been advised by the parties that the above-entitled action has been settled, all remaining claims and counterclaims in this case are hereby dismissed with prejudice", US District Court Judge Lucy Koh wrote.

The two have taken jabs at each other over the years, with Samsung making fun of everything from the iPhone X's notch to the disappearance of the headphone jack in new Apple devices.

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".

How much, if anything, Samsung must now pay Apple under Wednesday's settlement could not immediately be learned.

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The trial first erupted in 2011, just a year after Apple released the original iPhone 4. The settlement follows a damages retrial in which Apple won a US$539-million jury award in May.

Apple senior vice president of Software Engineering Craig Federighi speaks at the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference in San Jose, California, US, June 4, 2018. This verdict prompted Apple to issue a statement claiming their battle with Samsung was always about "more than money", and that their primary goal with the suits was to "protect the hard work and innovation" of their team.

The three design patents in the case apply to the shape of the iPhone's black screen with rounded edges and a bezel, and the rows of colorful icons displayed.

Samsung appealed part of that award, taking its case all the way to the Supreme Court, arguing that damages should be limited since patent infringement involved only certain features. The court originally sided with Apple in 2012, ordering Samsung to pay more than $1 billion in damages.

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