Apple and Samsung have been fighting patent battles in court since the arrival of the first iPhone in 2007. Every now and then, a lawsuit pops up in some part of the globe.
Things may change as Apple and Samsung have decided to end their legal disputes outside the US. All cases outside the US will be dropped, but this agreement doesn’t involve any licensing agreements, and cases will continue in the US courts.
“Apple and Samsung have agreed to drop all litigation between the two companies outside the United States,” the companies said in the statement. “This agreement does not involve any licensing arrangements, and the companies are continuing to pursue the existing cases in U.S. courts.”
As per a report from Bloomberg, the cases are being dropped in Australia, Japan, South Korea, Germany, Netherlands, the U.K., France and Italy.
The two companies are slowly reducing the number of legal battles, both Apple and Samsung dropped a patent license suit in June. It’s not just Samsung and Apple, Google also reached an agreement with the Cupertino giant to drop lawsuits against each other related to Motorola Mobility.
It seems the time here to focus more on the market than on the legal battles between the two companies since the market is becoming more competitive, with other OEMs gaining market share in the rest of the world. Huawei and Lenovo have managed to see positive growth with their budget-friendly phones which offers excellent specifications as well.
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