Finally over: Samsung and Apple settle longstanding patent dispute

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"I truly hope that Apple Legal will be given the green light by Tim Cook to sue Android OEM's or Google themselves over the "Slide to Unlock" feature - because it was considered a "breakthrough" feature by Apple's executive team and Android shouldn't be able to copy it without outcome".

The news follows Apple winning a United States dollars 539 million jury award against Samsung in May in a retrial over damages stemming from their original lawsuit in federal court in San Jose, California, which ended with a USD 1.05 billion verdict against Samsung.

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"Plaintiff Apple Inc. and Defendants Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Samsung Electronics America, Inc., and Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC would like to inform the Court that they have agreed to drop and settle their remaining claims and counterclaims in this matter", the court document says.

Marking an end to one of the more high-profile tech disputes of our time, Apple and Samsung earlier today settled their ongoing patent dispute that raged on unabated for seven years.

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Samsung did not immediately return a request for comment. The decision cut Apple's original demands of $1 billion nearly by half but it is still way above what Samsung argued they should be paying.

"An Apple spokesman declined to comment on the terms of the settlement but said Apple "cares deeply about design" and that 'this case has always been about more than money.' A Samsung spokeswoman declined to comment". It is important that we continue to protect the hard work and innovation of so many people at APPLE. Apple initially prosecuted Samsung in 2011, for replicating the design of the iPhone, putting in motion a series of counter suits, attempts and pleadings involving a halt at the Supreme Court in 2016.

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"We're grateful to the jury for their service and pleased they agree that Samsung should pay for copying our products". This led the South Korean tech giant to countersue the Cupertino, California-headquartered Apple in the same year. But the case has had a lasting impact on US patent law.

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