The Apple vs Samsung iPhone-copying lawsuit is finally over


After seven years, Samsung and Apple have finally settled a lawsuit that alleged Samsung copied Apple's design for the iPhone. Today's settlement comes on the heels of another patent battle with Samsung, over the iPhone's slide-to-unlock functionality, in which Apple won $120 million in November of previous year.

The case had been set to make yet another appearance in Koh's Northern California District Court to settle yet another pack of Apple infringement claims and Samsung counterclaims.

How much Samsung agreed to pay Apple hasn't been disclosed.

Samsung declined to comment about the settlement.

Apple first sued the Korean technology giant back in 2011, and it won the case in 2012.

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"We believe deeply in the value of design, and our teams work tirelessly to create innovative products that delight our customers", the Apple statement noted. Apple ignited the smartphone revolution with iPhone and it is a fact that Samsung blatantly copied our design.

An original trial finding that Samsung violated Apple patents preceded a lengthy appellate dueling over whether design features such as rounded edges are worth all the money made from a phone. It was ordered to pay the United States 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. "It is important that we continue to protect the hard work and innovation of so many people at Apple".

Samsung appealed part of that award, taking its case all the way to the Supreme Court, arguing that damages should be limited since patent infringement involved only certain features.

With the settlement of remaining claims and counterclaims in the Apple v. Samsung fight, Apple ends a long battle that its late co-founder Steve Jobs once fervently waged. The case originally started in 2011.