Men pose with Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 4 smartphones in photo illustration in Zenica

Samsung and Apple just announced that they have agreed to drop all patent suits against each other in countries outside the United States, Bloomberg reports. The two companies will drop suits against each other in Australia, Japan, South Korea, Germany, Netherlands, the U.K., France and Italy. This agreement does not include any licensing agreements, though. This has no effect on United States battles either.

In a joint statement, the two companies had the following to say:

“Apple and Samsung have agreed to drop all litigation between the two companies outside the United States. This agreement does not involve any licensing arrangements, and the companies are continuing to pursue the existing cases in U.S. courts.”

Apple and Samsung have slowly been making peace with each other recently. In June, the two companies agreed to drop their appeals a patent infringement case. Google and Apple also agreed to drop all patent suits involving Motorola Mobility in May. In 2012, Apple secured a $1 billion victory over Samsung in the United States, but despite this, disputes have continued between the two companies.

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12 Responses to “Samsung and Apple agree to end all patent disputes outside of the United States”

  1. *jaw on ground*

    This news I wasn’t expecting today… I wonder if it’s because Samsung has Apple over a barrel outside the US (which I highly doubt), or because Apple knows the hurricane they’re about to unleash upon Samsung and don’t give a hoot anymore?

    Wonder how the market will react to this tomorrow; after hours trading AAPL is up 0.35% so far…


  2. drtyrell969 says:

    And the handover of Apple to the competition is complete. Thank you Mr. Cook! So much for Steve’s dying wish to defend the patents. Then again, that’s what you were hired for right? The wholesale slaughter of Apple marketshare while claiming bogus increases.


    • rahhbriley says:

      You are an idiot. You realize infallible Steve hand picked Cook who worked at Steve’s side for over a decade. Without cooks financial and supply chain prowess, if would not have been possible to fund the R&D or refine the process that gave us iPhone, iPad, MacBook Sir, etc. Steve was a great visionary, there’s loads of other talented people at Apple, but Tim, even before becoming CEO was one of the more important people in Apple’s History.


      • Right. He is an idiot and you are a genius. Now tell me, how comes Tim reverses two strategic decisions Steve made? One, not to get in bed with IBM and the second, to go thermo-nuclear on Android?


  3. Well, Tim continues Cook’ing at Apple.

    First, cooperation with 1984 commercial hero IBM, now truce with Samsung. Steve should be rolling ver in his coffin.