Apple and Samsung have been in a patent battle for the last 7 years and it has finally reached its end.
The trial started in 2011 when Apple sued Samsung for infringement of design and utility patents of their phones.
These patent violations include Apple’s app layout design, the rounded edges of the physical device, and many others.
With the world’s largest cell phone manufacturers butting heads, the case became more and more complex.
Let’s walk through this crazy battle of giants.
In 2010, Apple warns Samsung that some of their phones and devices infringe on Apple’s patents.
Considering Samsung as a major supplier, Apple doesn’t want to sue initially so they try to make a deal with them.
Apple offers Samsung a licensing deal in which Samsung would have to pay $30 and $40 per phone and tablet that infringe on patents, respectively.
Samsung strongly declines the offer.
Within the same week, Samsung swings back with a countersuit against Apple.
Samsung claims that Apple infringed on their 3G technology patents, taking the suit international by filing claims in Korea, Japan, and Germany.
Once the ruling from the first U.S. trial becomes official, Samsung decides to file a formal appeal.
Apple gets the ball rolling for the second lawsuit brought against Samsung, seeking to get $2 billion in damages.
The trial ends with the court ruling once again in Apple’s favor awarding them $120 million in damages.
Samsung also found Apple infringing on one of their patents and was awarded $160,000.
Both companies agree to drop all international litigation.
After 3 years of appeals, retrials, and litigation, the two tech giants finally reach an agreement.
Samsung agrees to pay $539 million in damages to Apple, much less than the initial $1 billion awarded to Apple back in 2012.
These trials revealed two major conclusions.
First, no matter how large of a corporation, patent infringement is not something you can do and get away with.
Second, even if you haven’t committed infringement, you better be able to prove it in a court of law.
Both Apple and Samsung were guilty of patent infringement, but the results of the cases speak for themselves.
Apple dominated Samsung in the courts almost every time without any penalties falling on them, or at least none that were worth mentioning.
These giants have finally made peace after this 7 year battle, but I doubt this will be the last time we see them in the courts.
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