Apple and Samsung’s 7-year patent battle ends with a yawn

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"They have agreed to drop [the lawsuits] and settle their remaining claims and counterclaims in this matter", District Court Judge Lucy Koh announced today. Samsung would eventually be ordered to pay Apple $539m in damages, but not before the case went all the way to the Supreme Court and back. Check out the filings in full below. It was unclear how this week's ruling would affect that settlement.

In 2012, a U.S. jury awarded California-based Apple $1.05bn in damages for the copied features, which included design elements like the screen that displays icons in a grid.

Financial terms of the settlement were not revealed and neither company elaborated on the brief court order which dismissed the litigation dating back to 2011.

The legal consensus seems to be that Samsung has indeed copied many of Apple's patents, so the battle has mostly come down to how much Samsung owes. Apple ignited the smartphone revolution with iPhone and it is a fact that Samsung blatantly copied our design.

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

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After appeals and trials, this $1.05 billion amount was reduced, and Samsung agreed to pay some damages. The case began with the iPhone 3GS and the Galaxy S i9000: since then, both Apple and Samsung have completely reinvented their software and hardware styling.

Apple has previously said that its goal in taking Samsung to court wasn't about money but rather about protecting its homegrown innovations.

Apple alleged Samsung's Nexus Android phones infringed on Apple's patents, trademarks, user interface and style.

In 2012, a jury awarded Apple more than $1-billion in its initial showdown with its South Korean rival in federal court in San Jose, California.

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