Samsung and Apple Agree to End All Non-U.S. Patent Battles
It looks like the patent war between Samsung and Apple has reached a somewhat positive note with both companies issuing statements that they’ve reached an agreement to drop all patent lawsuits against each other outside of the United States.
Countries wherein this agreement affects include claims in Australia, Japan, South Korea, Germany, Netherlands, the UK, France, and Italy. But as previously mentioned, the agreement does not affect any of the existing cases within the US.
“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.”
As for the US court cases, both of the company’s lawsuits are in different stages of appeal with the latest action having both companies agreeing to drop their cross-appeal judgment of the 2012 landmark ruling involving the banning of older Samsung phones.
This isn’t the first time Apple has finally settled or dropped its cases against other corporations. The company closed an agreement with Google to drop its lawsuits against the company relating to Motorola Mobility. It also was able to settle its case against HTC back in 2012.
Both Samsung and Apple could be looking to finally settle their raging patent battle soon so far but they yet to reach a cross-licensing agreement. Back in May, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung Electronics CEO Oh-Hyun Kwon met in a mediation session to attempt to come to terms with their issues but were unable to come to an agreement at the time.