Apple and Samsung settle US patent dispute

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Apple and Samsung have agreed a settlement in their patent infringement dispute, bringing a seven-year-long battle to a close. The case originally started in 2011.

In a line which seems to be one that crops up over and over again, Apple and Samsung have once again been sparring over an ongoing legal battle relating to a design patent. But the last major event in the case came in May when the court ordered Samsung to pay Apple $539 million in damages.

"Plaintiff Apple Inc. and Defendants Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Samsung Electronics America, Inc., and Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC would like to inform the Court that they have agreed to drop and settle their remaining claims and counterclaims in this matter". The settlement terms were not included in the document, however. It was unclear how this week's ruling would affect that settlement.

The Court filing also states that the "remaining claims and counterclaims in this action are hereby dismissed with prejudice", and another case can not be filed on the same claim.

Are you relieved this is the end of the Samsung vs Apple patent war? "We believe deeply in the value of design, and our teams work tirelessly to create innovative products that delight our customers", Apple wrote.

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Samsung declined to comment about the settlement.

"This case has always been about more than money", the statement read.

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.

The case had been set to make yet another appearance in Koh's Northern California District Court to settle yet another pack of Apple infringement claims and Samsung counterclaims.

In the latest trial, Apple has the burden of proof to prove that Samsung should pay the full $1 billion in damages.

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