After many years of negotiations, the two companies have finally reached an agreement.
The battle has spanned seven years, but has now come to an end. Both companies have finally reached an agreement, but it is unclear at the moment what has been agreed.
Plaintiff Apple Inc. and Defendants Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Samsung Electronics America, Inc., and Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC would like to inform the Court that they have agreed to drop and settle their remaining claims and counterclaims in this matter.
IT IS HEREBY STIPULATED AND AGREED, by and between the parties and subject to the approval of the Court, that pursuant to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 41(a) and 41(c), all remaining claims and counterclaims in this action are hereby dismissed with prejudice, to the extent such are still pending, and all parties shall bear their own attorneys' fees and costs.
The legal dispute between Apple and Samsung started in 2011, when Apple sued Samsung for violating design patents. Samsung's Galaxy S i9000 and four other smartphones sold between 2010 and 2011 looked to much like the iPhone 3GS, as stated by Apple.
Back in May, Apple stated:
We believe deeply in the value of design, and our teams work tirelessly to create innovative products that delight our customers. This case has always been about more than money. Apple ignited the smartphone revolution with iPhone and it is a fact that Samsung blatantly copied our design. It is important that we continue to protect the hard work and innovation of so many people at Apple.