Published: Thu, June 28, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Preston Stone

Samsung has finally agreed to pay up for copying the iPhone

Samsung has finally agreed to pay up for copying the iPhone

San Francisco, Apple and Samsung have chose to end their epic patent infringement battle that began in 2011 and went all the way to the US Supreme Court.

While Samsung had filed to relitigate the case, the two firms eventually reached an out of court settlement, ending the years-long struggle.

In its 2011 complaint, Apple wrote: "Instead of pursuing independent product development, Samsung has chosen to slavishly copy Apple's innovative technology, distinctive user interfaces, and elegant and distinctive product and packaging design, in violation of Apple's valuable intellectual property rights".

That award was seen as a victory for Apple, which had argued in court that design was essential to the iPhone.

Back in 2011, Apple successfully alleged Samsung's Galaxy phones had stolen patented software features like bounce back, pinch to zoom, tap to zoom and had copied the iPhone's hardware design in a number of ways.

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Apple delivered the following statement last May when the case was first ruled on, and it referred The Verge to that statement once more.

Samsung had previously been ordered to pay Apple no less than $539 million following a damages retrial which took place back in May. It was unclear how this week's ruling would affect that settlement.

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. "It is important that we continue to protect the hard work and innovation of so many people at Apple", the iPhone maker said in a statement. In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court threw out the $399 million decision and ordered the case to virtually restart in San Jose.

Samsung paid US$548m of the US$1.05b owed to Apple in 2015, but appealed all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the US$399m decision.

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