“Samsung has recently resumed working-level discussions with Apple and the key issue is how to dismiss all lawsuits,” one source said, declining to be named.
The two companies have been embroiled in a long-drawn-out patent battle since early 2011, with more than 50 lawsuits filed across the globe and billions of dollars in damages claimed. Apple won the first patent case in the U.S., with the jury awarding the Cupertino company US$930 million (S$1.2 billion) in damages. In the most recent trial, Apple was awarded US$119.6 billion (S$149.5 million) in damages, with the jury ruling that Samsung had violated three of Apple’s patents.
The news of the ceasefire comes after a recent Reuters report that Apple and Google’s Motorola Mobility Unit had agreed to settle all patent litigation between them over smartphone technology. Similar to its situation with Samsung, Apple had been waging war with Google/Motorola over its Android operating system for several years.
As noted in an article by 9to5Mac, the settlements suggest that Apple may be weighing the costs of patent litigation against the benefits. In addition to the significant legal costs involved, the company runs the risk of having sensitive internal information leaked to the public as trial evidence, as seen in its recent trial against Samsung.