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We've heard this before, but recent developments could speed the process

We just heard over the weekend that Apple and Google have settled their outstanding legal battles that began way back in 2010. Now comes word from The Korea Times that Apple and Samsung are inching closer to settling their patent litigation that spans courtrooms in numerous countries around the world.
"Samsung has recently resumed working-level discussions with Apple and the key issue is how to dismiss all lawsuits,” said unnamed sources familiar with the bilateral talks.  

"Today I settled all family business."
The sources add that royalty payments for the patents in question would be the likely remedy for both companies “before reaching a full agreement.”
The most recent court ruling in United States handed Apple a minor victory, with Samsung being ordered to pay $119.6M in damages for infringing on two patents (U.S. Patent Nos. 8,074,172 and 5,946,647). However, the jury also found Apple guilty of infringing on one Samsung patent (U.S. Patent No. 5,579,239) and awarded damages of $158,400.
The truce between Apple and Google give us some hope that this all out patent war in the smartphone realm could soon be over. However, all previous settlement negotiations between Apple and Samsung have failed in the past, so we’re not holding our breath on this report either.

Source: The Korea Times

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RE: Sweet...
By WldAntc on 5/19/2014 1:06:06 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe Apple has finally realized their thermonuclear holywar vs all things Android did far more harm than good.

Samsung actually didn't mind the free publicity and even cited the lawsuits as reason for record sales in a few countries. Plus, many in the IT community could not stay neutral in this war and the majority sided with Android...

I'm sure Apple's marketing magicians will spin this into a halo somehow but the fact is they became one of the top patent trolls worldwide quite a for a few years now. If the patent reform is to patch the ways they exploited the system, I may find a shred of respect for them.

If only HTC had endured a year longer... or will Apple free them from the 10 year licensing fees they extorted?

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