Apple, Samsung settle patent infringement battle after seven years

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Apple and Samsung Electronics have reached a settlement in their U.S. patents battle, putting an end to a seven-year fight over smartphone designs.

The two sides mercifully signalled a truce this week in a filing to the US Northern District Court of Lucy Koh, the US District Court judge unfortunate enough to have presided over the entire seven-year legal ordeal.

The settlement asks that all claims in the case be dismissed with prejudice (meaning they could not be re-filed) and that both companies pay their own legal fees.

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.

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But it comes weeks after a United States jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple $539m (£403m) in damages for copying features of the original iPhone.

In May this year, Samsung had lost the appeal against the initial verdict in which Apple had won the patent infringement claim.

Apple senior vice president of Software Engineering Craig Federighi speaks at the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference in San Jose, California, US, June 4, 2018. However, it did not specify the exact terms of the settlement made. How much, if anything, Samsung must pay Apple under Wednesday's settlement could not immediately be learned. "This case has always been about more than money. It is important that we continue to protect the hard work and innovation of so many people at Apple". When the case finally went to trial in 2012, Apple emerged victorious, with a jury awarding Apple $1 billion in damages. It was ordered to pay the USA tech giant more than $1 billion for infringing on three of Apple's design patents related to mobile devices - the quick links to phone numbers, the slide-to-unlock feature and the auto-correct function.

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