Apple and Samsung call legal truce, except in US

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Two tech giants have agreed to withdraw all legal cases against each other outside of United States

The patent war between Apple and Samsung has come to an end after the two manufacturers agreed to end all legal cases against each other, except in the United States.

The rivals have sued each other in nine countries over a number of patent disputes for a number of years, with both sides winning several cases.

Now, in a joint statement, the two said they will drop all ongoing cases against each other barring those in the US, though the statement stressed that there were still no licensing agreements in place.

The dispute began in September 2011 when Apple sued Samsung claiming the Korean firm had “slavishly copied” the design of the iPhone with their Galaxy range of handsets.

Samsung denied these claims and has taken their rival to court in several countries over alleged breaches of patents they own.

Samsung Australia released this statement: “Samsung and Apple have agreed to drop all litigation between the two companies outside the United States. This agreement does not involve any licensing arrangements, and the companies are continuing to pursue the existing cases in U.S. courts.”

The largest patent battle has been in the US, where Apple have won more of the recent disputes.

In May, a US judge ordered Samsung to pay $119.6 million (£71 million) to Apple after finding that the Korean firm had infringed on two patents.  Apple had originally sought $2.2 billion.

Two years ago, a jury found that Samsung had breached Apple’s software and design patents and ordered them pay $1.05 billion (£620 million) in damages.  Samsung are still appealing that verdict.

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