Samsung, Apple drop all patent lawsuits outside US
After Apple ended its patent lawsuits with Motorola, the company has struck a deal with the Korean smartphone giant Samsung to mutually drop all patent-related lawsuits against eachother outside of the United States. The companies will still continue battle it out in the US, where Apple has been quite successful.
The companies clarified that the agreement to end the lawsuits doesn’t include any licensing arrangements.
“Samsung and Apple have agreed to drop all litigation between the two companies outside the United States. This agreement does not involve any licensing arrangements, and the companies are continuing to pursue the existing cases in U.S. courts,” the companies said in a joint statement.
Samsung and Apple have been fighting patent cases in the countries like Australia, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, South Korea, and UK. All these cases will now be closed.
Earlier, Apple and Motorola had signed a similar agreement in May of this year, where both firms decided to drop all patent lawsuits against each other but did not sign any cross-licensing deal.