The end of the “patent war” between Apple and Samsung

The companies announced an agreement that obliges them to terminate all patent claims against each other outside the United States. Recall that the battles of the giants have already happened in the courts of Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, South Korea and the UK.

The confrontation between the two giants began in 2011, when Apple filed a lawsuit in America against Samsung for violation of intellectual property rights. The main complaint was copying the corporate identity of the iPhone 3G in a number of Samsung phone models. Samsung did not become silent, and filed a counterclaim at home, in the Seoul Central Court. In general, companies blamed each other 30 times in different countries of the world and with varying success. Most often, companies won “home” courts.

So, a court in South Korea decided that Apple violated two Samsung patents regarding wireless data transfer and ordered Apple to pay compensation in the amount of $ 35,400. But he found a violation of Samsung’s scrolling technology owned by Apple. South Korean judges did not recognize the copy of the corporate identity of the iPhone.

But the United States Commission on International Trade (ITC), having examined the patent dispute between Apple and Samsung, came to slightly different conclusions. It was recognized that Samsung violated four Apple patents, including by copying the iPhone design and touch screen technology. The court ordered Samsung to pay compensation of $ 1 billion.

We will not talk about each of the 30 vessels - otherwise the article will turn into a multi-volume novel. After two years of enmity and showdown (financially winning for Apple) in August 2014, company management, weary of the confrontation, agreed to a truce.

However, the monsters, although reconciled, did not make friends: they do not intend to conclude any license agreements in the near future. But in any case, this is good news. Let them better compete in the market, improving products and lowering their cost, than in courts with each other exhausting and meaningless for consumers.

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