The Apple vs Samsung legal battle that has spanned seven years and numerous courtroom showdowns is finally over. The court previously ruled that Samsung did, in fact, infringe on Apple's patents, but the two companies have been going back-and-forth over how much money Samsung owes.
The two have taken jabs at each other over the years, with Samsung making fun of everything from the iPhone X's notch to the disappearance of the headphone jack in new Apple devices.
Now, nearly seven years since the feud begun, the companies have finally reached a settlement and the case is being closed, according to a court document.
Documents filed with the Northern District Court of California this morning indicate that both parties have agreed to drop and settle the remaining claims and counter claims in their legal battle. The settlement terms were not included in the document, however. The Galaxy phones had, at first launch, implemented Apple's patent features such as tap to zoom, the home screen app grid and so on.
When contacted by AFP for comment, Apple referred to a statement released last month after the jury announced the damages award. Fast forward to May of this year, and Samsung was ordered to pay $539 million in damages in the case, but it was thought that the company might, once again, appeal the decision. "It is important that we continue to protect the hard work and innovation of so many people at Apple", the iPhone maker said in a statement. In 2012, Samsung was ordered to pay Apple more than $1 billion for iPhone and iPad patent infringement, but that penalty was later reduced to $450 million by a federal judge.
In 2016, in a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court agreed, handing a victory to Samsung.
Samsung appealed part of that award, taking its case all the way to the Supreme Court, arguing that damages should be limited since patent infringement involved only certain features.