The dispute between Apple and Samsung, which stretched for seven years, finally came to an end. And we can say, happy ending!
Just summarizing this clash briefly, back in 2011, the South Korean was ordered to pay about $ 1 billion Apple for infringing the company's design patents. That amount, over time, has dropped and set at $ 548 million.
Samsung, however, argued that it had been ordered to pay a disproportionate amount for the violation and appealed to the Supreme Court to decrease that amount. It then ordered the United States Court of Appeals to redefine the amount that Samsung owed Apple for infringing a project patent, and this was done: the fine then dropped to $ 539 million. And so was the imbroglio until today.
According to documents from the Northern California District Court that were shared this morning, Judge Lucy Koh said the two companies had reached an agreement, the terms of which were not disclosed.
Sought by several publications, Apple declined to comment and simply indicated a statement made in May, when the case was last heard:
We deeply believe in the value of design and our teams work tirelessly to create innovative products that delight our customers. This case has always been more than money. Apple started the smartphone revolution with the iPhone and a fact that Samsung has shamelessly copied our design. It is important that we continue to protect the hard work and innovation of so many people at Apple.
Samsung, like Apple, was approached and also declined to comment.
It is worth noting that the companies also got involved in another major patent battle, which was decided for the first time in 2014, but which ended only in 2016 when the South Korean was ordered to pay $ 120 million for infringing the famous patent slide to unlock. The companies also fought in a number of courts outside the United States, but those disputes were closed in an agreement made in 2014.
And so, apparently, ends one of the longest and most important legal disputes that Apple has been involved in.
via The Verge