Game Over: Apple, Samsung Settle Epic Legal Battle

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Apple and Samsung settle their patent dispute after 7 years of legal battles

It's been a long road for Apple and Samsung's legal dispute over accusations that the latter copied ideas from the iPhone back in 2011. The Galaxy phones had, at first launch, implemented Apple's patent features such as tap to zoom, the home screen app grid and so on. Fast forward to May of this year, and Samsung was ordered to pay $539 million in damages in the case, but it was thought that the company might, once again, appeal the decision.

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".

An epic legal battle between smartphone titans is finally over.

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Apple hasn't commented on the settlement, but is referring media outlets back to its comments in May. "This case has always been about more than money. It is important that we continue to protect the hard work and innovation of so many people at Apple".

Judge Lucy Koh, of the Northern District Court of California, has published a filing announcing the settlement.

Indeed in parallel with the court case - and the evolving iPhone - Apple has also been working to extricate itself from its dependence on Samsung's components. Or were your fascinated by the battle between the world's most dominant mobile makers?

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According to Bloomberg, the two smartphone giants have now reached an out-of-court settlement, putting an end to the seven-year patent fight.

"We're grateful to the jury for their service and pleased they agree that Samsung should pay for copying our products", it added.

Samsung's lawyers appealed the case, bringing down the compensation of $1 billion to $400 million in 2015 at the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

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