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. The case began with the iPhone 3GS and the Galaxy S i9000: since then, both Apple and Samsung have completely reinvented their software and hardware styling.
Apple and Samsung are no longer fighting.
The courts handling this battle have issued numerous verdicts over time, and they've mostly been in Apple's favor.
The legal battles have gone on so long that the phones included in numerous lawsuits were not even available for sale anymore, which means that the struggle mainly came down to monetary settlements.
A filing from the U.S. District Court for California's Northern District confirmed this news, and while the exact details of what this settlement entails are still unclear, we can officially say that the lawsuit has been laid to rest. "This case has always been about more than money". Apple declined to comment on the agreement, but an Apple rep referred CNN to a company statement released last month that said, "Apple ignited the smartphone revolution with iPhone and it is a fact that Samsung blatantly copied our design". It was ordered to pay the USA tech giant more than $1 billion for infringing on three of Apple's design patents related to mobile devices - the quick links to phone numbers, the slide-to-unlock feature and the auto-correct function. "We believe deeply in the value of design, and our teams work tirelessly to create innovative products that delight our customers", Apple wrote. Apple was originally awarded $1 billion in damages, but a series of appeals pushed the ruling all the way to the Supreme Court. In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court threw out the $399 million decision and ordered the case to virtually restart in San Jose.