Samsung drops patent-infringement lawsuit against Apple

After an increasingly long battle between Apple and Samsung over patent disputes, Samsung has withdrawn one of its lawsuits against Apple. Samsung have previously made claims that the Cupertino based company was copying many of Samsung's innovations and using them on products such as the iPhone and iPad.

Samsung quietly withdrew its lawsuit on Thursday which it originally filed at a United States federal court in April, which was in response to Apple's allegations that Samsung's products were copies of the iPhone and iPad. According to a report from Bloomberg, Samsung dropped the lawsuit to 'streamline legal proceedings' so that it may now concentrate on defending its patent rights through a counter-claim in an earlier suit.

This is only one of several litigations that Apple and Samsung are currently involved in and so disputes will continue between the two competing companies for quite some time. Nam Ki Yung, a spokesman for Samsung said that "[we] will continue to actively defend and protect our intellectual property". Samsung is currently the world's second largest producer of mobile phones.

The design of the consumer tablet has been under the spotlight for quite some time and given that Apple have now entered the market with its iPad brand, it is no surprise that there may be similarities between different devices. With so many other manufacturers now trying to take their share, it's likely we'll be seeing more patent infringement lawsuits in the future.

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Idk... it would be one thing if Samsung wasn't in the cell phone and smartphone market at all before Apple's iPhone.. but they were there. It would also be another thing if Samsung was the ONLY manufacturer that was producing phones that looked similar to the iPhone (I'm not saying they copied the iPhone, I said they all look similar, have similar touch screen interfaces, and similar technology... just like TVs all look similar). But neither of those are true. Truth is, we all need the competition to drive prices down and innovation up. If Apple wins this case against Samsung this is going to be bad for all consumers (even Apple's).

This whole look and feel case sounds very familiar, Apple vs. Microsoft anyone!!

This is exactly what we've all come to expect from Apple though, sue the companies you're working with to stifle innovation and prevent competition.

However, all Samsung have done is dropped the lawsuit to concentrate on defending it's patent rights. US Patent Laws suck!!!

neo158 said,
This whole look and feel case sounds very familiar, Apple vs. Microsoft anyone!!

This is exactly what we've all come to expect from Apple though, sue the companies you're working with to stifle innovation and prevent competition.

However, all Samsung have done is dropped the lawsuit to concentrate on defending it's patent rights. US Patent Laws suck!!!

To be fair, I don't think Neowin has done a very good job of clarifying the case very well. After merely reading the claims that Apple have made against Samsung, you'd be forgiven for thinking it was just a poor attempt by Apple to stifle competition. But if you have a look at the court documents, you would see that they do in fact have some merit. The UI icons for example are almost exact carbon copies. Take a look at this:
http://thisismynext.com/2011/0...pple-sues-samsung-analysis/

Suing for the texture of a device or how it is presented in a box is just complete nonsense though and Apple don't do themselves any favours by including that.

Edited by youboreme, Jul 3 2011, 11:28pm :

KingCrimson said,

Why?

yeah. why?

i am not a fanboy. i love both companies. apple with iphone (and macbooks) and samsung with pretty much everything, except their mobile phones.

i hope they resolve issues and work with each other to make better products for us.

Geranium_Z__NL said,

I was pretty much hoping for Samsung to win.

Same. Apple need to get the stick out of their ass.

bogd said,

What do you guys have to gain if Samsung won?

and conversely what do you have to gain if Apple win? Apple are as arrogant a company as I have ever seen. I would love to see them handed their butt in court

Milamber said,

and conversely what do you have to gain if Apple win? Apple are as arrogant a company as I have ever seen. I would love to see them handed their butt in court

No need in asking me conversely because I don't care which side wins.

sexypeperodri said,
I hope Apple keeps going after them.
All of you with a personal, almost religious like interest in this case... saaaaad.

Elessar said,
Such a quick change of heart has me thinking something behind the scenes happened...

I believe they dropped it to hopefully have Apple to back off some, lol.

Elessar said,
Such a quick change of heart has me thinking something behind the scenes happened...

All they did was combine these claims into their counter-claim against Apple. Nothnig was really dropped, just combined and streamlined. The title is a bit misleading.

halcyoncmdr said,

All they did was combine these claims into their counter-claim against Apple. Nothnig was really dropped, just combined and streamlined. The title is a bit misleading.

That's what I was thinking too. Very misleading...