Apple and Samsung finally settle seven-year long legal battle

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In an unexpected move, Apple and Samsung have agreed to settle their seven-year-old patent infringement lawsuit.

An original trial finding that Samsung violated Apple patents preceded a lengthy appellate dueling over whether design features such as rounded edges are worth all the money made from a phone.

Koh signed off on the order Wednesday, marking the official end to Apple's claims that Samsung had ripped off its patents with its Android smartphones. Thankfully, for the sake of everyone involved (including us as reporters and yourselves as readers) the two parties have managed to come to an agreeable settlement. Today's settlement comes on the heels of another patent battle with Samsung, over the iPhone's slide-to-unlock functionality, in which Apple won $120 million in November of past year.

Apple hasn't commented on the settlement, but is referring media outlets back to its comments in May.

"This case has always been about more than money", the statement read. Apple ignited the smartphone revolution with iPhone and it is a fact that Samsung blatantly copied our design.

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"We believe deeply in the value of design", Apple said recently, "and our teams work tirelessly to create innovative products that delight our customers".

Documents filed with the Northern District Court of California this morning indicate that both parties have agreed to drop and settle the remaining claims and counter claims in their legal battle.

Apple sought the removal of the Galaxy devices, and the two behemoths have been duking it out in court ever since 2011. Or were your fascinated by the battle between the world's most dominant mobile makers?

Samsung's lawyers appealed the case, bringing down the compensation of $1 billion to $400 million in 2015 at the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court threw out the $399 million decision and ordered the case to virtually restart in San Jose.

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