Finally over: Samsung and Apple settle longstanding patent dispute

The Apple vs Samsung iPhone-copying lawsuit is finally over

The Apple vs Samsung iPhone-copying lawsuit is finally over

It was ordered to pay the United States 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.

Samsung has not responded to a USA TODAY request for comment on the final settlement.

The case was heard by the US Supreme Court at the end of 2016 and a new trial was ordered at the district court after the Supreme Court ruled on how penalties were calculated.

Apple and Samsung have made a decision to end their epic patent infringement battle that began in 2011 and went all the way to the US Supreme Court.

In May, a US jury awarded Apple US$539 million (S$737 million), after Samsung had previously paid Apple US$399 million to compensate for patent infringement.

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Michael Risch, a professor of patent law at Villanova University, said that because of the recent verdict the settlement likely called for Samsung to make an additional payment to Apple. A court filing has now revealed that the lawsuit has finally been put to rest, as both companies have managed to reach an undisclosed settlement.

The two tech giants have apparently settled out of court as they will "settle their remaining claims and counterclaims in this matter", according to the document filed with the Northern District Court of California. Meanwhile, Samsung has yet to comment on the reports.

Apple and Samsung have been fighting over the designs and functionality of their smartphones and tablets since 2011. Apple ignited the smartphone revolution with iPhone and it is a fact that Samsung blatantly copied our design.

An Apple statement in May said the company believes "deeply in the value of design, and our teams work tirelessly to create innovative products that delight our customers". But the case has had a lasting impact on USA patent law. Samsung overtook Apple to become the world's No. 1 smartphone maker in the third quarter of 2011 - four years after Apple came up with the world's first smartphone.

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