Apple, Samsung settle epic patent infringement battle

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In a filing at a district court in San Jose, California, late on Wednesday, the two tech giants notified the judge that that "they have agreed to drop and settle their remaining claims and counterclaims in this matter".

The ruling, of course, didn't spell the end for Apple and Samsung's legal squabbles.

Despite their legal issues, both Apple and Samsung are still the global leaders in term of smartphone sales, though Chinese phone makers Huawei and OPPO have begun to eat into Samsung's market share recently. Samsung naturally defended its position vigorously, and would soon file a number of countersuits against Apple for patent infringement.

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Terms of the accord weren't immediately disclosed. But the last major event in the case came in May when the court ordered Samsung to pay Apple $539 million in damages.

Apple and Samsung are no longer fighting.

The Court filing also states that the "remaining claims and counterclaims in this action are hereby dismissed with prejudice", and another case can not be filed on the same claim. "This case has always been about more than money".

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In its 2011 complaint, Apple wrote: "Instead of pursuing independent product development, Samsung has chosen to slavishly copy Apple's innovative technology, distinctive user interfaces, and elegant and distinctive product and packaging design, in violation of Apple's valuable intellectual property rights". While Apple scored a major public relations victory with an initial $1 billion verdict in 2012, Samsung also obtained rulings in its favour and avoided an injunction that would have blocked it from selling phones in the United States market, Risch said.

The retrial regarding damages was one element of a $548 million penalty - knocked down from an original $1 billion jury award - Samsung was ordered to pay for copying iPhone patents.

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