Apple and Samsung settle patent case once and for all

Now for some real fun the S6 versus the iPhone 6 Plus!Ron Amadeo

Cupertino-based Apple and Samsung agreed Wednesday to settle their long-running dispute over design and utility patent-infringement allegations at the U.S. District Court of Northern California in San Jose.

Terms of the settlement were not disclosed in the filing of the district court, and Judge Koh signed the order dismissing all suits with prejudice, which means no more legal actions could be be filed on the same claim.

Apple has been accusing Samsung of "lavishly" copying the design of the iPhone, and it was awarded 539 million USA dollars in damages by a US jury last month.

Apple and Samsung ended a seven-year legal battle that ignited a series of lawsuits over patents across the globe but mostly centred in courtrooms in the US.

When contacted by AFP for comment, Apple referred to a statement released last month after the jury announced the damages award. The decision cut Apple's original demands of $1 billion nearly by half but it is still way above what Samsung argued they should be paying.

"We believe deeply in the value of design, and our teams work tirelessly to create innovative products that delight our customers", Apple said in May.

Reuters reports that "Apple and Samsung are rivals for the title of world's largest smartphone maker, and the dollar sums involved in the decision are unlikely to have an impact on either's bottom line".

That award was seen as a victory for Apple, which had argued in court that design was essential to the iPhone.

"We're grateful to the jury for their service and pleased they agree that Samsung should pay for copying our products", it added. This led the South Korean tech giant to countersue the Cupertino, California-headquartered Apple in the same year.

"This dispute raised some important issues and contributed to the evolution of patent case law", said Florian Mueller, a noted intellectual property activist who has covered the event from the start, "but the part related to design patents was going in circles".

Related News:

  • BERNIE'S PARTY: Sanders Congratulates PROGRESSIVE Dems After Primary Wins

    BERNIE'S PARTY: Sanders Congratulates PROGRESSIVE Dems After Primary Wins

    She campaigned on Medicare for All, a federal jobs guarantee, and on abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). I mean, Alexandria took it to a different level, right. "And that is part of the structure of this agency", she said.

    'Furious' Maradona wants to meet Argentina players

    And on Sunday (June 24), the day he is celebrating his 31st birthday, Messi will be handed the prestigious World Cup trophy as per Sputnik News Agency.
    House Vote On Immigration Bill Delayed Until Next Week

    House Vote On Immigration Bill Delayed Until Next Week

    Reportedly, the vote has been moved back until tomorrow (Friday) while Ryan, assisted by Trump, tries to round up more support. Republicans and Democrats in Congress have been unable to work together to resolve any of the issues with a legislative fix.
  • Captain Kane gives team hope of World Cup glory

    Captain Kane gives team hope of World Cup glory

    Pundits put it down to great team spirit and England fan Jack Sprange likes what he sees with Gareth Southgate's side. Those figures do not include the audience for the build-up and post-match coverage.
    Trump calls for deporting illegal immigrants with 'no judges or court cases'

    Trump calls for deporting illegal immigrants with 'no judges or court cases'

    Trump once again railed against USA immigration laws, calling them a "mockery" to law and order in his tweetstorm. President Donald Trump arrives at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Saturday, June 23, 2018.
    No limits says Novak Djokovic as he reaches 800 wins milestone

    No limits says Novak Djokovic as he reaches 800 wins milestone

    Mannarino resisted a handful of break points in the eighth game, but was finally bowed, and then Djokovic broke again. As Nick Kyrgios said before losing against him in the semi-finals, Cilic will be among the favourites at Wimbledon .
  • Peru coach Ricardo Gareca may quit after World Cup exit

    That is the only change to the Socceroos team following their 1-1 draw with Denmark in Samara in their last game. France and Denmark drew 0-0 to make Australia's loss ultimately inconsequential as Les Bleus topped the group.

    France rotate heavily against Denmark, Australia leave Tim Cahill on bench

    France rested a number of their regulars after clinching entry to the round of 16 last week. It could be an option to revisit later in the tournament, depending on the opposition.
    Caroline Wozniacki calls for Serena seeding at Wimbledon

    Caroline Wozniacki calls for Serena seeding at Wimbledon

    Williams has not officially been added to the Wimbledon draw just yet, but is in London ahead of the decision on Tuesday. Serena Williams says there are records she still wants to break - and she's ready to put in the hard work to do it.
  • LeBron James would 'let the roster come together' for Lakers — Rival GM

    LeBron James would 'let the roster come together' for Lakers — Rival GM

    James has until Friday at 11:59 ET to decline his player option with the Cleveland Cavaliers to become an unrestricted free agent. The Lakers would love to bring Leonard in this summer, and are feeling some pressure to do so before July 1, according to ESPN .
    Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard star as Belgium rout Tunisia

    Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard star as Belgium rout Tunisia

    Belgium have now booked their place in the knockout stages, while Tunisia will be heading home after two losses in as many games. One can perhaps explain Maaloul's desire to alter the complexion of the side that secured qualification for two reasons.
    Zimbabwe: Attempts on Mnangagwa's life

    Zimbabwe: Attempts on Mnangagwa's life

    Mnangagwa, who has joked openly about multiple attempts on his life in the past, said he was used to them by now. The July 30 election will be the first without Mugabe in the southern African nation since independence in 1980.


Most liked

Most Dramatic Moments From The Group Stage
Asked whether his priority is finishing first or second, he replied: "We think that we need to keep winning football matches". But with Harry Kane on the field, who has scored five goals at this tournament in two games, England always has a chance.

Study finds US flight attendants with above-average cancer risk
Some of this increased cancer incidence may be related to the number of years flight attendants spend in their jobs (job tenure). Nearly every commercial flight begins with a member of the cabin crew delivering a spiel to passengers about inflight safety.

Harry Kane set to start against Belgium
England and Belgium have both secured their spots in the round of 16 and enter this match with almost the same World Cup odds. A catch that quite a few England fans aren't used to feeling.

Ozil In Verbal Spat With Angry Fans As Germany Exit WC
Mexico fans have since erupted into sheer elation online, tweeting out nothing but love and praise for South Korea . He said: "It wasn't only Ozil, a number of other players didn't perform as they normally would".

Colombia and Japan qualify for World Cup last 16
After consulting VAR, Mazic judged defender Davinson Sanchez to have won the ball before making any contact with Sadio Mane . Colombia might control the run of play and create more chances, but Senegal will be risky on the counter-attack.

MCU moving toward majority female heroes, says Kevin Feige
Ant-Man and the Wasp star Evangeline Lilly has a bone to pick with the men of the Marvel Cinematic Universe . Why are we ... why? "And so I was thrilled, I was thrilled to finally get a chance to work with him".

Trump's Treasury Department plans limits on Chinese investment in United States technology firms
Statement will be out not specific to China, but to all countries that are trying to steal our technology . Some U.S. steel and aluminium tariffs went into effect in April and additional tariffs begin in July.

FIFA World Cup 2018, highlights, Rostov, Mexico beat South Korea
Winning the group with three straight victories will be a good sign, but getting past the next round is the ultimate goal . Son Heung-min pulled one back for South Korea in stoppage time with a spectacular left-foot strike from outside the area.

Trump urges Republicans to ‘stop wasting time on immigration’
But the government has yet to reunite more than 2,000 children with their parents. He has falsely blamed Democrats for forcing them to enforce the policy.

Brazil leave it late to see off Costa Rica
As it stands Brazil now lead Group E and could go through with a draw in their final pool match against Serbia. Even when Navas was beaten, Neymar curled inches wide as he bore down on goal midway through the second half.

Trump says Harley-Davidson's planned overseas move will be its 'end'
Lovely said Harley and other companies face retaliatory tariffs in Europe and elsewhere if they try to export products. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended Trump's trade policies Monday during a press briefing.

Southgate suggests Spurs ace Harry Kane is better than Cristiano Ronaldo
Following the match he took part in a press conference where he spoke about his pride at scoring a hat-trick at the World Cup .

Uruguay v Saudi Arabia, Group A
And his goal ensured Uruguay reached the knockout stages for their third consecutive finals. Before the game , Ibrahim Al-Turki had been optimistic about Saudi Arabia's chances.

Things That Happen In Every 'Jurassic Park' Movie
This seemingly is setting up the third movie in the Jurassic World franchise! The dinosaurs were free once again, but not for long.

French Priest captured slapping a crying baby across the face during baptism
Another person said: "If that video would end with the father giving the priest a very strong bitch slap it would be ideal ". I'll scream louder than you, okay? The family's shock becomes evident when the priest slaps the baby across the face.