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Apple and Samsung Agree to End Non-U.S. Patent Disputes

Apple and Samsung have issued a joint statement today announcing an agreement to drop all patent lawsuits against each other outside of the United States, according to Bloomberg.

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“Apple and Samsung have agreed to drop all litigation between the two companies outside the United States,” the companies said in the statement. “This agreement does not involve any licensing arrangements, and the companies are continuing to pursue the existing cases in U.S. courts.”
The move is yet another signal that the long-running patent dispute between Apple and Samsung may be winding down, as it was reported in June that the two companies were trying to find "common ground". The two also agreed to drop their cross-appeal rulings on the ITC ban of older Samsung phones around the same time.

In May, it was reported the two were looking to negotiate an out-of-court settlement. And earlier this year, it was reported that Tim Cook sat down with Samsung Electronics CEO Oh-Hyun Kwon in a mediation session. However, the two sides did not come to an agreement at that time.

Apple has already settled patent disputes with other companies, like Google / Motorola Mobility in May of this year and HTC back in 2012.

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11 weeks ago

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Apple: let's stop the suits
Samsung : I agree
Apple : great!
Samsung : now can you stop copying us?
Apple: I guess


Me: Are you trying to be funny?
You: I guess, but I'm failing miserably, eh?
Rating: 32 Votes
11 weeks ago
So will Samsung be pulling the Alpha which looks really inspired by the iPhone 5?

http://www.dailytech.com/Samsung+Galaxy+Alpha+Specs+Leaked+Compared+to+Apple+iPhone+5S+in+Pictures/article36346.htm

Negotiations probably went like this.

Apple: lets stop the suits
Samsung: Okay
Apple: So can you stop copying us from today onward at least?
Samsung: No, we just finished getting the iPhone 5 copy ready though. How about next year?
Rating: 23 Votes
11 weeks ago
IF they can do this, then there can be peace in the middle east!
Rating: 14 Votes
11 weeks ago
Steve would have never allowed this... (FOR REAL!)
Rating: 12 Votes
11 weeks ago
Shame Apple couldnt stop them :(
Rating: 11 Votes
11 weeks ago

Are you serious? A chamfered edge? I despise this company.


And whole lot more. Typical strawman, pick one element, point out it's not a big deal (previous example: rounded corners). This would be true if it were the only design element copied, but it isn't. You're just ignoring all the other similar elements that when combined, result in a remarkably similar device.
Rating: 7 Votes
11 weeks ago

So will Samsung be pulling the Alpha which looks really inspired by the iPhone 5?

http://www.dailytech.com/Samsung+Galaxy+Alpha+Specs+Leaked+Compared+to+Apple+iPhone+5S+in+Pictures/article36346.htm

Negotiations probably went like this.

Apple: lets stop the suits
Samsung: Okay
Apple: So can you stop copying us from today onward at least?
Samsung: No, we just finished getting the iPhone 5 copy ready though. How about next year?



More like

Apple: let's stop the suits
Samsung : I agree
Apple : great!
Samsung : now can you stop copying us?
Apple: I guess
Rating: 7 Votes
11 weeks ago
In other news, MacRumours page views tumble 50% but vitriolic fanboy rants are down just 5%
Rating: 7 Votes
11 weeks ago
Apple is going to take chip fab away from sammy and that will hurt more than lawsuits. Add in pressure from China and they are getting squeezed from multiply sides. Hope they go under.
Rating: 6 Votes
11 weeks ago

Samsung will continue to get crushed in developing markets like China and India. Once apple releases larger screen iPhones, Samsung is done for in the US. And if apple continues to pursue litigation, which they should, it'll be a nail in the coffin. Samsung mobility is a dead man walking.


You sound like the forum member, dumastudetto. :p

Apple is going to take chip fab away from sammy and that will hurt more than lawsuits. Add in pressure from China and they are getting squeezed from multiply sides. Hope they go under.


As a consumer, why do you care if Samsung goes under? It's not going to do you any good. You probably don't work for Apple or have stock in them. So why?
Rating: 6 Votes

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