Apple and Samsung call a truce on their patent disputes outside US

Apple and Samsung call a truce on their patent disputes outside US

In a recently-released joint statement, tech market rivals Apple and Samsung have revealed that they have agreed to withdraw all the patent-infringement lawsuits which the two companies are fighting against each other in countries outside the US.

The statement implies that Apple and Samsung will withdraw their patent-related disputes in nearly nine countries, including the UK, Australia, Japan, South Korea, and Germany.

The legal scuffle between Apple and Samsung started with a 2011 patent lawsuit filed by Apple against Samsung, accusing the South Korean device maker of "slavishly" copied the Apple iPhone and iPad for its Galaxy line of handsets and tablets. In retaliation, Samsung sued Apple in various countries, accusing the US tech giant of violating a number of Samsung patents in "all generations" of the iPhone and iPad.

Ever since 2011, a bitter legal battle between the two companies has spread across several countries, and has intensified in recent years.

However, the two companies have now called a truce on most of their patent scuffles. In their joint statement, Apple and Samsung said that they have "agreed to drop all litigation between the two companies outside the United States;" and added alongside: "This agreement does not involve any licensing arrangements, and the companies are continuing to pursue the existing cases in U. S. courts."

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