Samsung and Apple kiss and make up

Samsung and Apple today issued a joint statement, announcing the end of a momentous global legal battle.

By Alex Choros

Samsung and Apple today issued a joint statement, announcing the end of a momentous global legal battle.

"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 two hardware giants have been embroiled in countless legal battles over the past few years, spanning multiple countries. Apple first sued Samsung in the United States for copying iPhone features in 2011. Samsung reciprocated by suing Apple for patent infringement in Austaralia, Japan, South Korea, Britain, Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands. With the exception of those in the United States, Apple and Samsung will dismiss all of the aforementioned claims.

Michael Risch, a law professor at Villanova University, told Bloomberg that the deal shows how Apple and Samsung see their "mixed worldwide results as not worth the effort".

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