Belfast Telegraph

Smartphone giants Samsung and Apple lessen hostilities

Samsung and Apple will end all patent lawsuits between each other outside the US in a step back from three years of legal hostilities between the world's two largest smartphone makers.

However, Samsung Electronics said that it and Apple will continue to pursue existing cases in US courts.

"Samsung and Apple have agreed to drop all litigation between the two companies outside the United States," the South Korean company said.

"This agreement does not involve any licensing arrangements, and the companies are continuing to pursue the existing cases in US courts."

The announcement is a significant lessening of corporate hostilities after years of bitter patent disputes over the intellectual property rights for mobile designs and technology.

Lawsuits and other legal actions by Samsung and Apple will come to an end in countries including Germany, England, France, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, South Korea, Japan and Australia.

In May, a California jury awarded Apple $119m (£70m) in a patent battle with Samsung.

The same jury also ordered Apple to pay $158,400 (£94,000) to Samsung and in a separate 2012 jury verdict, Samsung was ordered to pay Apple $930m (£550M). Samsung appealed.

Belfast Telegraph