Apple and Samsung agree to drop all patent disputes outside the US

Apple and Samsung agree to drop all patent disputes outside the US

Smartphone rivals Apple and Samsung have agreed to drop all existing litigation between them outside of the US market, reports the Financial Times.

The two companies, which occupy the top two slots based on global smartphone shipments, have been at war in the courtroom across numerous countries for the past few years. A joint statement from the two explains that all international disputes have been dropped, but the duo “are continuing to pursue the existing cases in US courts.” Importantly, no patent licensing deal has been agreed, the companies say.

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Samsung was ordered to pay Apple more than $1 billion after losing a US patent lawsuit in 2012. Despite that result, there are ongoing appeals between the two in the US.

Apple and Samsung settle some patent disputes [Financial Times]

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