Apple, Samsung Drop All Patent Cases Outside US

The companies have decided to end patent disputes in nine countries


It has been one of the long drawn battles between the two smartphone giants. In what looks like a respite for both, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc have agreed to and withdraw patent lawsuits outside the United States.

"This agreement does not involve any licensing arrangements, and the companies are continuing to pursue the existing cases in U.S. courts," South Korean tech giant Samsung said in a statement.

Global smartphone leaders Apple and Samsung had been at each other's throats in courts around the world for three years, accusing each other of infringing patents in their popular handsets and other mobile devices.

A Samsung spokesman said the rival firms had agreed to end patent disputes in nine countries, without elaborating on why they would continue to fight it out in the United States.

In May, a U.S. jury left the total damages Samsung must pay U.S.-based Apple unchanged at $119.6 million (70.5 million pounds), after additional deliberations in a trial where the South Korean smartphone maker was found to have infringed three Apple patents.

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