Apple (AAPL) Drops Patent Claim Against New Samsung Phone

By Dec 29, 2012, 7:51 AM Author's Blog  

Reuters reports that Apple (AAPL) has agreed to drop its patent infringement claims against Galaxy S III Mini in Samsung case, following a commitment from the South Korean tech giant not to market the device in the U.S.

“Apple will agree to withdraw without prejudice its request to include the Galaxy S III Mini in this case given Samsung’s representation that it is not making, using, selling, offering to sell, or importing that product into the United States,” Apple said in a filing on Friday in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif., adding that it would do so only if that withdrawal doesn’t harm its “ability later to accuse the Galaxy S III Mini if the factual circumstances change.”

Last month Apple asked to add the Jelly Bean-driven smartphone, along with other Samsung products, including several tablet models, to its ongoing legal battle against Samsung after its legal team managed to “purchase multiple units of the Mini from Amazon.com Inc’s U.S. retail site and have them delivered in the United States.”

In response, Samsung said the Galaxy S III Mini, which was officially introduced in mid-October in Europe in response to the iPhone 5, was not available for sale in the U.S. and should not be included in the case. Based on that, Apple agreed to withdraw claims on the Mini (for the time being anyway).

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2 Comments

  1. paul says:

    oh hail the almighty apple, thanks for not suing yet again, we all know apple invented the phone so thanks for allowing other phones to exist (for now)

  2. Fiscal Cliff is Fraudulent says:

    Samsung CEO:

    “Look at what Apple supposedly patented! Let’s invent those things before Apple finds out it invented it first.

    In the meantime, while our case case against bad Apple winds slowly through the court system, we can accrue huge profits. We can use those profits to pay our courageous and gallant lawyers and finance our huge ad budget that is way bigger than Apple’s. You see, we spend so much on ads touting our non-infringhing products. Hey, we are an ad-dependent company. Yeah, this is our superlative business strategy.

    People will love Samsung the more we litigate because, you know, we’ll simply advertise our way out of any bad publicity from going after our little Apple. And, really, you know what? I don’t even need to look at what Apple makes; I can simply, without admitting any jealously, tear apart stuff others copied from Apple. Easy. Apple is as insignificant as a gnat while I am the great technological leader.”

    Signed,

    Heroic Dr. Oh-Hyun Kwon, Chief Executive Officer of Super-Innovative Samsung Electronics Co. of the Cosmos.

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