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Apple and Samsung make peace around the world

News by Luke Jones on Wednesday August 06, 2014.

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Samsung and Apple agree to settlement
Samsung and Apple agree to settlement

Apple and Samsung have decided to let bygones be bygones outside of the United States as the two companies settled their court differences.

Samsung and Apple form a very weird relationship. On the one hand the two biggest smartphone and tablet vendors in the world need each other and have several partnerships, while on the other they are always fighting. And we really mean always fighting, as Apple has pursued Samsung through the courts of the world for what it (and it must be said most of the courts agree) thinks are patent infringements from Samsung for several years.

Those court cases have taken place all over the globe, but now in countries such as Australia, Japan, South Korea, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and U.K. the giants have settled.

"Apple and Samsung have agreed to drop all litigation between the two companies outside the United States," the two companies said. "This agreement does not involve any licensing arrangements, and the companies are continuing to pursue the existing cases in U.S. courts."

That leaves just the United States, where the two companies are unlikely to settle any time soon. Samsung has never expressly denied Apple's accusations and it has been a case of damage limitation from the Korean company. As it lost two patent litigations but only had to pay out just over $1 billion in damages, there are some who think Samsung also emerged as the true winner.

That is certainly the feeling within Cupertino and Apple is now pursuing a sales ban on Samsung handsets that infringe on its patents. It is more than likely that will fail, but Apple is also looking to get more compensation, a quest that may bear more fruit. No details have emerged regarding what exactly the global settlement was, or whether it was Samsung or Apple that got the better deal.

source: Bloomberg

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