Apple and Samsung drop all patent disputes outside the U.S.

Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Apple and Samsung have decided to drop all patent litigation in courts outside of the U.S. The decision ends cases that are open in Australia, Japan, South Korea, Germany, Netherlands, the U.K., France, and Italy.

Disputes over intellectual property related to the iPhone and Samsung phones will continue stateside, and neither party has agreed to a licensing arrangement of any kind.

“Apple and Samsung have agreed to drop all litigation between the two companies outside the United States,” the two companies said in a joint statement. “This agreement does not involve any licensing arrangements, and the companies are continuing to pursue the existing cases in U.S. courts.”

Apple has won twice against Samsung in U.S. court; once for an original sum of nearly $1 billion in 2012 and a second $119 million win earlier this year.

Although the rivals have waged war relentlessly on each other in court for years, there have been recent signs that disputes were starting to fizzle. In June, both companies agreed to settle over a specific case regarding an import ban the U.S. International Trade Commission had placed on older Samsung phones. Apple CEO Tim Cook has met with the CEO of Samsung multiple times, but nothing substantial has yet to come from the talks.

Despite being seen by some as more successful than the iPhone, Samsung’s smartphone sales have been steadily declining in recent quarters. Apple reported record iPhone sales for its last quarter, and the iPhone 6 is expected to be unveiled September 9th.

Apple and Samsung are still in the long process of appeals over a California’s court recent ruling that Samsung infringed on at least one of Apple’s patents and partially infringed on others.

  • AAPL_@_$101_Is_A_Done_Deal_:)

    It was a lost cause which Apple never stood a chance of winning. Apple has too much money for anyone to take its side. No one grants a giant more power. I only hope Apple has learned a lesson about all this. Make sure they patent everything and make it airtight otherwise anything they come up with will be quickly copied or stolen and they’ll be left without a leg to stand on. Better yet, Apple absolutely needs to find some completely new technologies which other companies can’t afford to make in quantity without a huge initial cost involved. Samsung’s good fortune in the smartphone industry seems to be on the wane and Apple has to try to keep it that way by any means possible.

    • Adam

      Samsung is the giant here, not Apple…

      • Kr00

        Not where it counts. Ethics being one of them.

  • Kr00

    Samescum playing it by their playbook. Get sued, counter sue, stall, lose, appeal, stall some more, then settle once the argument is so old, it doesn’t matter to the marketplace. Ask Sharp, Kodak, Pioneer and others how that has worked out for them.

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