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Cupertino-based Apple and Samsung agreed Wednesday to settle their long-running dispute over design and utility patent-infringement allegations at the U.S. District Court of Northern California in San Jose.

The Court filing also states that the "remaining claims and counterclaims in this action are hereby dismissed with prejudice", and another case can not be filed on the same claim.

Apple has previously said that its goal in taking Samsung to court wasn't about money but rather about protecting its homegrown innovations.

We're grateful to the jury for their service and pleased they agree that Samsung should pay for copying our products.

The terms of the settlement between the two tech giants weren't part of the court documents filed today.

In 2012, a United States jury awarded California-based Apple $1.05bn in damages for the copied features, which included design elements like the screen that displays icons in a grid.




What resulted was a seemingly endless legal battle that would see both sides lob multiple infringement claims and counterclaims, including Apple at one point getting some Samsung phones banned from sale in the US.

Apple has not responded to a request for comment on the settlement and Samsung declined.

In August 2012, Apple won the initial jury verdict and was awarded US$1.05 billion (NZ$1.55 billion), but Koh ordered a retrial after deciding that the jury added an extra US$399 million for violation of additional trademarks that weren't included in the trial.

The case had been sent back to the district court following a Supreme Court decision to revisit an earlier $400 million damage award.

The trial first erupted in 2011, just a year after Apple released the original iPhone 4. But the case has had a lasting impact on USA patent law.

In the latest trial, Apple has the burden of proof to prove that Samsung should pay the full $1 billion in damages.


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