Apple and Samsung agree to drop cases outside the US

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The two biggest competitors in the smartphone and tablet PC market have sued each other over a range of patent disputes in nine countries outside the US, including the UK, South Korea, Japan and Germany.

A joint statement said the agreement “does not involve any licensing arrangements”, and they would continue to pursue existing cases in US courts.

But they have been involved in a bitter legal battle, spread across various countries, which has developed in recent years.

In May, a US court ordered Samsung to pay $119.6m (£71m) to Apple for infringing two of its patents. The amount was below the $2.2bn that Apple had sought.

But the court also ruled that Apple infringed on Samsung’s patents and awarded $158,000 in damages.

However, Samsung denied any wrongdoing and sought $6m after arguing Apple infringed two of its smartphone patents related to camera use and video transmission.

The jury decided several Samsung devices had infringed iPhone-maker Apple’s software and design patents, but rejected counter-claims by Samsung.

That verdict is still being challenged by Samsung.apple-vs-samsung

Credit: BBC