Apple and Samsung finally settle U.S. patent dispute

Isaac Cain
June 28, 2018

While Apple wanted the payment to be based on the full value of every phone sold, Samsung argued that the payment should be based on the portion of an iPhone's design that was copied.

Samsung and Apple have been going back-and-forth in a long-running design patent dispute, but it looks like it has finally reached an end.

The terms of the settlement, filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, were not available. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed in the court filing. The case originally started in 2011.

Those design elements were protected, prompting the jury to award Apple all the profits from sales of smartphones containing those features, Samsung lawyers said in their filing. 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.

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Samsung paid US$548m of the US$1.05b owed to Apple in 2015, but appealed all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the US$399m decision.

"They have agreed to drop [the lawsuits] and settle their remaining claims and counterclaims in this matter", District Court Judge Lucy Koh announced today. Samsung did not immediately return a request for comment.

In 2012, a United States jury awarded California-based Apple $1.05bn in damages for the copied features, which included design elements like the screen that displays icons in a grid.

The South Korean electronics giant would need to make an additional payment to the US-based Apple of almost $140 million if the verdict was upheld. In August 2012, Apple won the initial jury verdict and was awarded $1.05 billion, but Koh ordered a retrial after deciding the jury added an extra $399 million for violation of additional trademarks that weren't included in the trial.

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