The two great electronics rivals, Apple and Samsung have decided to put an end to their patent litigations outside the US borders. This is the first step in ending a long and expensive legal battle between the two companies. The company made public a common statement in which they confirm that their legal war had ended overseas but not on the US territory.
The Wall Street Journal claims that the agreement between the companies does not imply any agreement upon licensing. The Journal also points out that the companies will continue their disputes in the US law courts.
This legal battle began in 2011. Apple accused Samsung of imitating the features of the iPhone line and sought for legal advice. It ended up by dragging the Korean company into court. But Samsung was not intimidated and filed law suits in countries across Asia (Japan and South Korea), Europe (Italy, France, Germany, the UK and the Netherlands) and in Australia. Apple had to face the accusation of having infringed the wireless transmission patents that belonged to its rival.
The two companies intend to stop all legal actions in the countries mentioned above with the exception of the US. This is a very important decision since the Apple might have a certain advantage in the US. For example, the California jury granted Apple 119 million US dollars out of the 2.2 billion US dollars that the company wants to receive from its Korean rival. This happened in the month of May. During the last two years, Apple managed to obtain almost 930 million US dollars from its rival Samsung. This happened due to an order issued by the federal court of San Jose, California.
At the beginning of 2014 the companies tried to solve their differences by means of mediation. The top representatives of both companies met but the encounters lead to no fruitful results. The judge overseeing the case was actually hoping the companies would reach a consensus before the trial. Only in the last three years the two electronic companies filed more than forty patent law suits against one another. The litigation in the US is the most important because it implies the highest amounts of money.
Apple has taken legal actions against other electronic companies as well. Thus, the American company filed a suit against Nokia in 2009 and against Google and HTC in 2010. However, the company has decided to put an end to its litigations. Thus, it reached a consensus with Google in the month of May. Now, it is Samsung’s turn.