Apple withdraws patent claim against Samsung phone

Apple withdraws patent claim against Samsung phone
On Friday, Apple withdrew a patent claim against a new Samsung phone with a hi-resolution screen. In a filing with the U.S. Federal Court in San Jose, Apple disclosed that it would not continue the patent claim since the device will not be offered in the U.S. The phone in question could be the Samsung Galaxy S III mini. Last month, Apple asked the court to add that model, along with some other Samsung phones and tablets, to its seemingly non-stop patent battle against Korean rival Samsung. The latter responded that since the Samsung Galaxy S III mini will not be offered in the U.S., it should not be part of the litigation.

Samsung launched the smaller sized version of the flagship Samsung Galaxy S III on October 5th in Europe. In its filing with the court, Apple noted that although the phone isn't sold in the U.S., it was able to order multiple units of the device from Amazon and have them shipped to the U.S. Despite this, Samsung said that it was not "making, using, selling, offering to sell or importing the Galaxy S III mini in the United States." And on the basis of that statement, Apple withdrew its claim against the phone, "so long as the current withdrawal will not prejudice Apple's ability later to accuse the Galaxy S III mini if the factual circumstances change."

source: Reuters

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76 Comments

75. tryingHARD

Posts: 64; Member since: Dec 31, 2012

been around for 3 days sorry. just new here. but as i see the articles and comments, all are bashing apple. why they/you do it? cant accept the fact that it is the most beautiful product? and everything else seems so cheap?

73. tryingHARD

Posts: 64; Member since: Dec 31, 2012

Most of the comments in this website is bashing apple. why? is this the trend now for those who cant afford an apple and buy something less valuable? apple>everything else --- like all the time..

74. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

That was so 2009. Where have you been?

63. jshan

Posts: 200; Member since: Dec 25, 2011

no apple ,,, no android ,,, ( y the hell these peoples wont understand that )

61. richardyarrell2011

Posts: 510; Member since: Mar 16, 2011

Samsung rules this space of technology they always will. Apple can only wish their pitiful products we're better.

66. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

why is this fanboy accepted and that mxypl whatever his name is apple troll is swarmed on? samsung and apple are pathetic right now, i just hope to see sony, HTC, nokia and motorola use this time to climb up while those 2 throw crap at each other ohh and samsung wont be on top forever, tech always shifts and changes. get a grip

60. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Can't even understand why these folks are even crying for the 'brick ' that looks the same each new model! !! Why live your life like a slave on your own money??? That's why I can't and won't use these sh***t devices iPhones and blackberry

58. jaoowolabi

Posts: 201; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

Yall need to learn that business is business! Companies sue, lie, copy and etc. Grow up and accept it because this sh*ts getting old, rotten apple, stupid sammy, SHUT UP!

65. willard12 unregistered

I haven't exactly heard of a rash of litigation between TV manufacturers. Maybe Ford is constantly suing Chevrolet for copying the 4 x wheel-look and I'm missing it. Is McDonald's suing Burger King? Or....maybe Apple is indeed a litigious company suing Samsung, HTC , and Motorola. But, thanks for the business class professor.

38. XperiaPrince

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 25, 2012

GS3 mini dosent even look like an iPhone

59. stealthd unregistered

Patents cover a lot more than how a phone looks.

32. darkkjedii

Posts: 31811; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

These companies copy each other. I recently bought a galaxy note 2 and there's things that Sammy borrowed from apple. S voice, video trimming, blocking mode which apple calls do not disturb, increasing the size of the text, and custom text tones all borrowed from apple. They all copy not just apple

34. billybuttpounder

Posts: 105; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

You did not buy a Note 2, kindly stfu thanks

40. darkkjedii

Posts: 31811; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Cuz I wanted too jack***. Now u kindly stfu and get another screen name

54. billybuttpounder

Posts: 105; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

What? I realize I'm talking to a simpleton fanatic, but your first sentence does not make sense. I did not ask WHY you are lying about buying a Note 2, I made a STATEMENT that you were lying. It was a statement, not a question. If you are going to engage in discussions, at least have the courtesy to try and keep up with the rest of the class or shut your hole. Thanks.

35. letgomyeggroll

Posts: 139; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

darkjedii, you also need to do some research of the history. S voice came up came out long before Apple came with Siri. Blocking mode was on other phones before Apple even can put camera on theirs, and video is a 3 rd party software not IOS, OS or even device. Apple did not had custom text or tones until recently unless it was again a 3rd party. What you have mention most of all is not copy, its license agreement mostly between these giant knuckle heads and the smaller companies that developed the futures.

43. darkkjedii

Posts: 31811; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

U make a good point u really do, but all those things were on the iPhone before any Samsung devices. Again my point is reinforced by your post bro. They all copy, no one is immune to it.

55. billybuttpounder

Posts: 105; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I would add that apple did NOT invent SIRI, they merely bought the rights to it, removed it from the app store, and made it an exclusive "feature" in the 4S to give customers the illusion that they are buying a phone diffewrent from the 4S.

36. letgomyeggroll

Posts: 139; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Oh wait its darkkjeddi, the other half of MXY, they both are 1 sided reader on specs. Put your specs side by side before you give opinions

37. lonewolf2873

Posts: 40; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

Your kidding right? So apple can only have blocking feature? Only apple can adjust text size? I'll remember all that as I run excel at work and adjust my fonts....Thanks apple for your innovative thinking that everyone stole. Starting to think al gore stole inventing internet from apple.....

44. darkkjedii

Posts: 31811; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

U missed my point bro. So I'll say it again...they all copy.

57. GENERAL_LEVY

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

True !

20. joey18

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

i hate samsung and apple next month i'm moving to blackberry z10

27. androiddownsouth

Posts: 598; Member since: May 02, 2012

I hope BB survives, but I just don't see it. with iOS, Android, and WP8, I honestly can't see enough people readopting BB to save it.

31. letgomyeggroll

Posts: 139; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Apple and Blackberry are so alike. They depend on their OS so much that made them fall or will fall. Regardless of the model numbers, they both keep the same basic theme and trend. Blackberry depended so much on government users and ignore their competitions and public end user. This is exactly what happened to Windows phone back in the days. If Blackberry doesnt come up with new innovation besides Federal security requirements it will go bankrupt. Like IPhone its another fashion trend product.. On other notes....why would I would register to BB Enterprise just to get my email on my phone...doesn't make no sense

4. phljcnth

Posts: 567; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

What patent was supposedly infringed? Did I miss that part?

5. deathgod

Posts: 122; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

The one in which Apple owns the right to any modern smartphone's design, function or interface ;-)

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Apple has only went after a few OEMs. Samsung is the biggest one since they ripped off many ideas from apple.

8. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

You keep telling yourself that.

11. billybuttpounder

Posts: 105; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

What's it like being a crazy person that devoted to a company that doesn't even know you exist and could not care less about you as a person? Is it hard?

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