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Samsung and Apple smoke the peace pipe, drop all ITC cross-appeals from 2013

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Samsung and Apple smoke the peace pipe, drop all ITC cross-appeals from 2013
A report out of Korea on Wednesday, cites an unnamed industry official who says that Apple and Samsung are ready to bury the hatchet. Tired of spending money on legal disputes, both tech giants are looking for ways to end their years of legal wrangling. In addition, Apple apparently wants to continue to have access to Samsung as a component supplier.

Both Apple and Samsung are said to have dropped all cross-appeals filed with the ITC last year. The agency ruled in 2013 that Samsung had infringed on a pair of Apple's patents relating to a touchscreen interface and headset plug detection. Since Sammy's devices banned by the ITC are older models that are no longer manufactured, and newer devices are shipped with a workaround, the ITC suits are not as important to Apple as they once seemed to be.

The anonymous official says that Apple is very interested in releasing wearables with OLED flavored displays, which could be one more reason that Apple and Samsung end up shaking hands and becoming friends. Samsung's use of Super AMOLED displays for its two high-end slates, might have the suits in Cupertino thinking about using such displays in devices like the iWatch.

"As technology shifts toward wearable devices, Apple still wants to keep Samsung as its top-tier parts sourcing channel. The recent release of the Samsung OLED tablet is an indication that Samsung can manage OLED displays to be used in almost all wearable devices, a segment that Apple is greatly interested in."-Anonymous industry official

If Samsung and Apple can get along, perhaps there is hope yet for the rest of the world.

Thanks for the tip!

source: KoreaTimes via GforGames

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posted on 18 Jun 2014, 09:16 6

1. Ninetysix (Posts: 2671; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


About time :)

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 11:51 10

13. sgodsell (Posts: 4855; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Its funny that Apple needs to use Samsung's tech. So now they want to look like they are being nice.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 16:11

26. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Yes, finally, I do hope this is true.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 09:22

2. Donzzy (Posts: 14; Member since: 12 Jun 2014)


Cross-licensing in the near future perhaps?

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 09:22 3

3. Vexify (banned) (Posts: 570; Member since: 16 Jun 2014)


They better be singing kumbaya by 2015

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 09:30 2

4. livyatan (Posts: 867; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


Oh man.. this put a smile on my face.
Did the voice of reason finally prevailed?
Please be true

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 09:33 14

5. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Samsung won. Unmeasurable amount of free advertisement from 2 years worth of "Samsung this and that" from every news channel and media source, easily $10B or more Sammy didn't have to spend and branding, and they doubled their sales just the same and going to earn with Apple product to be sold. In return, they may have to hand out like $10 per Android device for silly patents, and why not if $50 is coming back from screens, and memory and storage and chipset.

However, this is neither Samsung's or Apple's doing, but Google's, who's testimony played the key part in lawsuit round two. Besides Samsung successfully dismissing 95% of Apple's newer patent claims, Google on Sammy's side and iOS user dependency on Google services was something Apple didn't want to f with, especially as their bullying didn't work out in the first place. Keep your enemies closer as they say, this is much better for all sides and their businesses.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 14:46

23. Droidrapist (Posts: 186; Member since: 28 May 2014)


LOL what a bunch of garbled nonsense, I wanna smoke some of that peac pipe ur hitting lol

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 16:13 4

27. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Of course you would think its nonsense....I suggest you read it again.

Its a good, valid theory.

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 23:18 1

30. roscuthiii (Posts: 2241; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


It's as easy an analogy as the Irresistible Force (Apple) and the Immovable Object (Samsung).
Apple attempted to exert influence in order to change the course of Samsung.
It resulted, for all intents and purposes, in a stalemate through legal actions and court proceedings.
As it was Apple's goal to change Samsung's course, but it was Samsung's goal to continue on as it was, a stalemate makes Samsung the de facto winner.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 09:33 3

6. bayhuy (Posts: 320; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


More Galaxies sold, more money for Apple...

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 10:06 7

7. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


There you go!!
Even apple thinks it needs samsung!!!
Haters can hate...but that doesn't goin to change the fact that SAMSUNG is undisputed king mobile tech....
That's said....this is the best news of 2014..

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 13:58

19. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 533; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


I own s4, s5, and mega 6.3. Some would say im a samsung fan, but even i fail to see how they are "the undisputed king". Samsung make good products, but they arent to everyones needs or tastes. Just because we like samsung doesnt mean everyone else in the world should be like us. Others would rightfully disagree with you.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 14:49

24. Droidrapist (Posts: 186; Member since: 28 May 2014)


"Undisputed king" lmao and I thought iFans were crazy xD

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 23:38 1

28. joey_sfb (Posts: 6600; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


iWatch Fit coming right up!

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 23:46

31. simpleas (Posts: 196; Member since: 30 Apr 2014)


Er... last I checked, they ARE the undisputed king of android. And Samsung does make the best phones. But the ugliest too. At least people know a good phone is more than skin deep.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 10:25

8. palmguy (Posts: 661; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)


I bet there are some lawyers going home cash millionaires. :)

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 10:30 1

9. twens (Posts: 1061; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


When the two companies making all the money in the tech industry shake hands.....that's bad news for the small companies. RIP htc,lg,sony and the rest. Lol

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 21:35

29. techperson211 (Posts: 1280; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Small company? Lg? Sony? Better do some research.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 10:33

10. ajac09 (Posts: 1482; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Kind of racist.. smoking peace pipe? Really? You dissing on Indians now to? Geez classy.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 15:21 2

25. SellPhones82 (Posts: 569; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Do you not know what a metaphor is? It means you make peace with your enemy.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 10:45 2

11. darkkjedii (Posts: 24908; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


About damn time. Kudos to both of them, l love em both. Now maybe we'll see the Samapple iNote 4S

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 13:31

18. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3577; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


sApplesung sounds nicer ;)

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 23:47

32. simpleas (Posts: 196; Member since: 30 Apr 2014)


LOL Sapplesung. How about Sample?

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 11:14 4

12. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Samsung shouldn't back down to the bully. That isn't a very good message to be sending to the youth of tomorrow. It sends the message of just give the bully your lunch money.

Samsung shouldn't back down until they get that one billion back in lawsuits.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 12:45

15. darkkjedii (Posts: 24908; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Man shut that s**t up lol. I figured you'd say something wack like that.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 14:43

21. Droidrapist (Posts: 186; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Samnsung is a bully they desrve to pay that money for all the small companies they put out of business infringing on their patents since the 70s

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 12:00

14. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


This is great...now we just need more profitable competitors...Sony and LG need to push their product more in the states and the Chinese manufactures are slowly moving in...check Huawei and their 299 6 incher... Ascend Mate 2 4G...pretty decent phone...

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 12:58

16. mayur007 (Posts: 577; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


finnallly no more fighting between fans

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 13:28 3

17. N3Z1droid (Posts: 89; Member since: 02 Jan 2014)


Still the winner is Samsung... Congrats. This mean Samsung have more high tech for hardware and Apple admit it lol

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