Apple and Samsung, two leading electronics giants have reached an agreement to end the war about product patents outside the United States, reports Reuters.
What does this mean? It is a truce on bickering about the repeated and reciprocal accusations of alleged copies of products that have been in recent years. However, this agreement does not prevent the continued disputes with USA where most of the complaints pile up. Generally speaking, it will be practically the same as before.
Both companies claimed around 40% of global market share, and have a position dominant in the market segment of high-end, allowing them to grab much of the profits generated by the industry.
“Apple and Samsung have agreed to drop all litigation between the two companies outside the United States” pointed Samsung Electronics in a brief joint statement, in which clarifies that the agreement with the American company, therefore, “does not imply any covenant license ‘so and both companies’ go forward in ongoing litigation in US courts “.
The war will continue, therefore, as outside the American borders, where the patent battle reaches a higher dimension, the two firms have maintained legal disputes South Korea, Japan, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, UK, France and Australia .
This decision comes after the federal court in San Jose, California) Samsung to pay Apple $119.6 million, a new chapter in the legal war in U.S. which started in year 2011, year in which the model Galaxy SII launched , one of the most successful to date. The jury gave the verdict then considered that Samsung had copied in its smartphones two benefits iPhone five claimed by Apple, while only plagiarized in some of its models another of benefits and did not with the other two.
Cross-claims and judgments in the world between the two technology titans have been constant, with victories Apple in most cases . Thus, in total, the South Korean company owes more than $1,000 million to its rivals, mainly by court rulings in U.S.
Samsung and Apple have appealed without exception agaisnt all the verdicts, so that the process is now living a second part in which the efforts of both companies to focus on trying to prove damages of the alleged plagiarism of competition that might have caused on their sales and expansion plans.