Apple and Samsung to drop lawsuits outside the US

The battle between the two tech giants has escalated in recent years

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Apple and Samsung to drop lawsuits outside the US The legal battle between the two companies began in 2011 after Apple sued Samsung in the US, claiming that the firm's Galaxy range of phones and tablets "slavishly" copied its iPhone and iPad. (AFP/Getty Images)
By  Helen Gaskell Published  August 6, 2014

Apple and Samsung have agreed to drop all legal cases against each other outside of the United States, Reuters reported citing a Samsung spokesperson.

The two rivals have sued each other over a range of patent disputes in nine countries outside the US, including the UK, South Korea, Japan and Germany.

"This agreement does not involve any licensing arrangements, and the companies are continuing to pursue the existing cases in U.S. courts," Samsung said in a statement.

The legal battle between the two companies began in 2011 after Apple sued Samsung in the US, claiming that the firm's Galaxy range of phones and tablets "slavishly" copied its iPhone and iPad.

The "slide to unlock" feature is one of the technologies that has been disputed in the legal battle between the two firms

Samsung has since taken Apple to court in various countries, accusing it of infringing its patents including a way to synchronise photos, music and video files across several devices, and a method to capture and send video over the internet.

Apple has won two verdicts in the US against Samsung in recent years, in May, a US court ordered Samsung to pay $119.6m to Apple for infringing two of its patents, less than the $2.2bn that Apple had sought.

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