Apple, Samsung to relinquish international patent lawsuits

Top mobile phone makers Apple and Samsung decided to abandon all patent violation lawsuits in courts outside of the United States. This development will pave the way for abandonment of litigation in countries such as the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, France, Great Britain, South Korea, Japan and Australia

Both Apple and Samsung whipped up a joint statement that reads: “Apple and Samsung have agreed to drop all litigation between the two companies outside the United States. This agreement doesn’t involve any licensing arrangements, and the companies are continuing to pursue the existing cases in US courts.”

The judges have pushed for the two companies to straighten out their disagreements to consequentially to control the level of the proceedings, which has lasted for several years already.

The two companies have been in many clashes before on intellectual property in judicial forums worldwide. Apple indicts Samsung of replicating its iPhone designs, while Samsung on the other hand said that Apple is employing some component of its wireless-transmission technology without their consent. Two months ago, Apple and Samsung settled to cut out their appeals of a patent infringement case at the US International Trade Commission (ITC) that give rise to an import ban on several older variants of Samsung phones. Litigation with the US will probably carry on. Last May the judge in the US District Court for the Northern District of California obliged Samsung to pay $119.6 million to Apple.

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