Samsung, Apple Reach Settlement over Design Dispute | Be Korea-savvy

James Marshall
June 30, 2018

Anchor: South Korea's Samsung Electronics and USA tech giant Apple have finally settled a patent dispute over allegations that Samsung copied the design of the iPhone.

Apple will soon start receiving a portion of its OLED phone screens from South Korean maker LG Display, thereby loosening its dependence on its direct rival Samsung, who has supplied the firm to date, and freeing the way for a price drop in new iPhones.

But when the case went back to lower court for trial this year, the jury sided with Apple's argument that, in this specific case, Samsung's profits were attributable to the design elements that violated Apple's patents.

Apple and Samsung ended a seven-year legal battle that ignited a series of lawsuits over patents across the globe but mostly centred in courtrooms in the US.

Samsung refrained from disclosing other details, including the amount of compensation provided to Apple.

The latest chapter in the saga was just last month when the jury of the retrial awarded $539M in damages to Apple, which Samsung immediately appealed. The decision cut Apple's original demands of $1 billion nearly by half but it is still way above what Samsung argued they should be paying.

Apple spokeswoman Rachel Wolf Tulley provided this statement: "We believe deeply in the value of design, and our teams work tirelessly to create innovative products that delight our customers".

As part of an earlier verdict, it was determined that Samsung infringed on three of Apple's iPhone design patents. It is important that we continue to protect the hard work and innovation of so many people at APPLE.

Rutgers Law School professor Michael Carrier said now that the case is over, "the oft-touted "smartphone patent wars" were not all they were made out to be, not blocking products from the market and barely denting the companies' bottom line".

If you're interested in more of the background in the Apple-Samsung patent battle you could check out Bloomberg's report here.

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