Apple to drop patent claims against new Samsung phone

Apple has agreed to withdraw patent claims against a new Samsung phone with a high-end display

December 29, 2012
Apple Samsung logo

Apple Inc has agreed to withdraw patent claims against a new Samsung phone with a high-end display after Samsung said it was not offering to sell the product in the crucial U.S. market.

Apple disclosed the agreement in a filing on Friday in U.S. District Court in San Jose, California. Representatives for both Apple and Samsung declined to comment.

Last month Apple asked to add the Galaxy S III Mini and other Samsung products, including several tablet models, to its wide-ranging patent litigation against Samsung.

In response, Samsung said the Galaxy S III Mini was not available for sale in the United States and should not be included in the case.

Apple won a $1.05 billion verdict against Samsung earlier this year but has failed to secure a permanent sales ban against several, mostly older Samsung models. The patents Apple is asserting against the Galaxy S III Mini are separate from those that went to trial.

Samsung started selling the Mini in Europe in October to compete with Apple’s iPhone 5. In its filing on Friday in U.S. District Court, for the Northern District of California, Apple said its lawyers were able to purchase “multiple units” of the Mini from Amazon.com Inc’s U.S. retail site and have them delivered in the United States.

But Samsung represented that it is not “making, using, selling, offering to sell or importing the Galaxy S III Mini in the United States.” Based on that, Apple said it agreed to withdraw its patent claims on the Mini, “so long as the current withdrawal will not prejudice Apple’s ability later to accuse the Galaxy S III Mini if the factual circumstances change.”

The case in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California is Apple Inc. vs. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd et al., 12-630.

(Reporting by Dan Levine; Editing by Leslie Adler and Dan Grebler)

Related Articles

Judge sides with Apple against Google on phone patent

Samsung drops attempt to ban Apple sales in Europe

Google vs Microsoft: patent trial secrecy raises concerns

Motorola wins patent case against Microsoft

Tags: Active, Apple, patent dispute, patent lawsuit, patents, Samsung

Free Email Newsletter:
Subscribe

Shutterstock is the image partner of MyBroadband – technology images can be found here

Join the conversation

Connect with MyBB

twitterfacebookandroidappleblackberrynewsletterfeed

Poll

Do you think you are paid enough in your job?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

More News

SABC not biased on Israel-Gaza conflict

SABC Freddie Mercury Another One Bites the Dust

The SABC was not biased in its news reports on the Israel-Gaza conflict, the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of SA said on Monday

Afrihost ADSL network upgrades

Afrihost adsl

Many Afrihost customers are complaining about slow ADSL speeds and network problems – here is what Afrihost is doing

Paralyzed man walks at own wedding with robot exoskeleton

Wearable robot

Matt Ficarra has been paralyzed from the chest down since an accident three years ago, but that didn’t stop him from walking down the aisle at his wedding

Microsoft to launch smartwatch: report

A man tries out a Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Gear smartwatch at the company's headquarters in Seoul October 21, 2013. South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's quarterly operating profit matched estimates with a 26 percent rise to a new record, powered by a strong recovery in its memory chip business as smartphone sales growth eases sharply. Picture taken October 21, 2013.   REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: BUSINESS)

Microsoft Corp. is preparing to launch a smartwatch within the next few weeks that will passively track a user’s heart rate and work across different mobile platforms

Free MyBroadband Newsletter:
Subscribe
X
bool(true)