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).