Apple and Samsung finally settle seven-year long legal battle

Apple and Samsung finally settle seven-year long legal battle

Apple and Samsung have settled their seven-year patent dispute over Apple's allegations that Samsung copied the iPhone's design and software, reports CNN.

The settlement asks that all claims in the case be dismissed with prejudice (meaning they could not be re-filed) and that both companies pay their own legal fees. Apple and Samsung in a district court filing in San Jose, California, confirmed that they were settling the issue, which has continued for almost seven years.

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". Neither, Apple nor Samsung have confirmed the terms of settlement in this patent dispute case.

Apple and Samsung have declined to comment on today's settlement, but Apple pointed reporters to a statement made in May when the case was last ruled on.

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Terms of the accord weren't immediately disclosed.

But when the case went back to lower court for trial this year, the jury sided with Apple's argument that, in this specific case, Samsung's profits were attributable to the design elements that violated Apple's patents.

The Apple Inc. logo is shown outside the company's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California, U.S., June 13, 2016. "It is important that we continue to protect the hard work and innovation of so many people at Apple", Apple had said in a statement at the time.

In the latest trial, Apple has the burden of proof to prove that Samsung should pay the full $1 billion in damages. Apple was originally awarded $1 billion in damages, but a series of appeals pushed the ruling all the way to the Supreme Court.

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