Koh YEAH! Apple and Samsung finally settle iPhone patent spat

This is what smartphones looked like before the iPhone

This is what smartphones looked like before the iPhone

After waging war against each other in the courtroom for over seven years, the two sides have finally agreed to a settlement that will end all remaining claims and counterclaims.

The settlement asks that all claims in the case be dismissed with prejudice (meaning they could not be re-filed) and that both companies pay their own legal fees. Apple and Samsung didn't immediately respond to requests for comment. That said, Apple pretty much won handily at every phase, since, you know, Samsung really did copy its product designs.

The most recent development prior to this came in late-May when Samsung was ordered to pay $539 million in damages.

The trial first erupted in 2011, just a year after Apple released the original iPhone 4.

Kane fires England to record 6-1 win against Panama
Panama's equal-sized army of red-shirted fans continued to dance and cheer on the "Canaleros" (Canalmen) to the end. England were dominant throughout, breaking through Panama's defence easily .

The jury in a lower court in San Jose, California, voted in Apple's favour. Apple had originally been granted more than $1bn in damages from its South Korean nemesis, having convinced the courts in a 2012 ruling that Samsung had infringed on its distinctive iPhone design with various Galaxy handsets. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed in the court filing. This verdict prompted Apple to issue a statement claiming their battle with Samsung was always about "more than money", and that their primary goal with the suits was to "protect the hard work and innovation" of their team.

Samsung paid $548 million of the $1.05 billion owed to Apple in 2015, but appealed all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the $399 million decision.

"Dang! I figured the kids I've been raising since this thing started would have time to grow up, go to law school and work on this case someday."

Samsung's lawyers appealed the case, bringing down the compensation of $1 billion to $400 million in 2015 at the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

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