Apple and Samsung Call a Truce in Long-Running Smartphone War

After seven grueling years, the smartphone case of the century is over. Lawyers for Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. informed U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh of the Northern District of California on Wednesday that “they have agreed to drop and settle their remaining claims and counterclaims in this matter.”


Extract from article by Scott Graham

After seven grueling years, the smartphone case of the century is over.

Lawyers for Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. informed U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh of the Northern District of California on Wednesday that “they have agreed to drop and settle their remaining claims and counterclaims in this matter.”

Koh, who has presided over four trials between the parties, wasted no time, entering an order of dismissal minutes later.

Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.


The agreement comes a month after a damages retrial that ended in a $538 million award for Apple.
Although Samsung had persuaded the U.S. Supreme Court to adopt a more favorable rule on lost profits in design patent cases, the amount was roughly $140 million more than awarded against Samsung for design patent damages following the parties’ first two trials, in 2012 and 2013. (It was, however, $238 million less than the total originally awarded for patent design and trade dress dilution across all infringing products).

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