Apple and Samsung end 7 year long patent battle

Apple and Samsung have long been at war with each other over the iPhone’s design similarities with Samsungs smartphones. 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.

The case was decided on the balance of probabilities whether Samsung had copied Apple, and the courts decided for Apple, handing down a $539 million verdict for Apple.

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

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

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.

We’re grateful to the jury for their service and pleased they agree that Samsung should pay for copying our products.

Via The Verge.

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