Apple And Samsung Call It Quits On Legal Battle In Australia

It's official: this is the end of Apple versus Samsung in the Australian courts.

It has been a clash of the titans in Australia between Samsung and Apple. The pair sparred in courts all over the world about patent infringement in different products, and sought retail bans on potentially infringing products.

Now, though, the fight is over, and the guns have fallen silent around the world: Apple and Samsung have agreed to put aside their differences in every jurisdiction around the world, except for the US.

Apple today confirmed to Gizmodo that it is dropping its legal action against Samsung in the Federal Court of Australia as a result of the decision to withdraw litigation from all around the world.

The pair were locked in a tight legal battle over several products being sold in Australia, including Apple's iPhone products and tablets and phones from both the Samsung Note and Samsung Galaxy line-up. The legal stoush first started when Apple filed for an injunction in August 2011 which would have prevented the Galaxy Tab 10.1 from being sold in Australia, with Cupertino alleging potential patent infringements.

The case spiralled out of control, and landed in courtrooms all over the world.

In the US where the case will continue, Apple has already been awarded over $US1 billion in damages by a jury. The pair will keep fighting before the US courts over patent infringement allegations from both sides.

Apple and Samsung said jointly of the decision to withdraw legal action:

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

It's over. Not with a bang, but a quiet fizzle.



    Not just Australia, but according the the FT: "Japan, Germany, Korea, the Netherlands, Australia, the UK, France and Italy but does not extend to the US"

    Samsung with declining quarterly sales and now terrified of blatently copying Apple these court battles have served there purpose for Apple. Samsung is just happy to escape more legal pain.

      I highly doubt Samsung are "terrified".

      This was obviously an agreement between both companies, to focus their patent disputes in the USA.

      The only losers here are the lawyers, who have already made millions off of this garbage.

      How much of that 2 billion will Samsung have to pay ? I'd say it was Apple that wanted it all dropped after looking the fool for so long.

        The post US lawsuit appeals continue. After two verdicts mostly won by Apple, they are arguing over how much Sammy 'will or may' have to pay Apple (probably around AUD 1 billion)... but could go on and on for years...

          I doubt they will have to pay a billion but stranger things have happened. There's most probably a billion spent between them on lawyer costs. It's all very stupid. God knows why they don't work together. It would be more profitable for them in the long run.

      Not likely. Apple have come to realize that it is better to inovate than litigate. Litigation is a cowards way out. About time Apple grew up. Moved on... and try create a superior product.

    Slide to unlock and pinch to zoom.
    Lol Apple.

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