Jun 27, 2018

Apple and Samsung end patent fight after seven long years

Apple and Samsung have finally settled a seven-year-long patent dispute, bringing to an end the long-running battle over the design of their rival smartphones. It comes weeks after a US jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple $539m in damages for copying features of the original iPhone. The fight started in 2011, when Apple sued its South Korean competitor, seeking more than $2bn in damages. Samsung appealed part of that award, taking its case all the way to the Supreme Court, arguing that damages should be limited since patent infringement involved only certain features. In 2016, in a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court agreed, handing a victory to Samsung.

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