Samsung drops lawsuit against Apple

Samsung drops lawsuit against Apple
According to a report from Bloomberg, Samsung has dropped its patent infringement lawsuit against Apple which had claimed that the latter had taken many of its ideas from Samsung while infringing on the Korean firm's patents. The suit was dropped on Thursday, according to Bloomberg, and company spokesman Nam Ki Yung said the action was taken in order to "streamline" the proceedings.

As we had told you, Apple had originally sued Samsung claiming that the Galaxy line of smartphones and tablets
"slavishly" copies the Apple iPhone and iPad. Samsung countersued and both firms demanded to see each others products. While Apple was allowed to look at the already released Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab 10.1, the court denied the Korean manufacturers request to see the Apple iPhone 5 and iPad 3, both works in progress. Samsung wants to make sure that Apple is not infringing on any of its patents in the making of the two devices.

As we reported, just a couple of days ago Samsung filed a complaint against Apple with the U.S. ITC after the latter filed a suit against Samsung in Korean court. And while Apple remains one of Samsung's biggest customers, industry sources say that Apple is dropping the Korean firm as a manufacturer for its A6 chip and replacing the company with TSMC.

Samsung dropping the suit doesn't mean victory for Apple. Samsung says it will continue to fight for its patent rights through a counterclaim made against Apple in an earlier suit filed in San Jose.

source: Bloomberg via Reuters



1. steel_icon unregistered

Samsung, Samsung, Samsung... Can't you just leapfrog iPhone altogether and just save your money so we don't have expensive units to pay expensive lawyers & to pursue expensive lawsuits? Sent from my Samsung Galaxy Ace GT-S5830.

2. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Well, they aren't admitting defeat. They are still countersuing. They just don't have a big separate lawsuit going anymore.

7. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Because they know they can not win against Apple.

15. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

come on... do u really need to defend samsung? no one is accusing them of giving up...

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

+1with @Sniggly. There probably wasn't much difference between the two lawsuits and Samsung figured it was time to drop one of them. If they hadn't dismissed one lawsuit, Apple would have made a motion for dismissal in one or both lawsuits.

4. TDroid21

Posts: 70; Member since: Apr 04, 2011

Sammy's top brass might have received a phonecall from isteve.. LoL

5. Immolate

Posts: 310; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

Think what you want, but dropping a lawsuit so soon after filing is an indication of disjointed and illogical thinking, unless Samsung is doing some ninja style Jedi mind tricks. I'd love to see Apple take a woopin' in court to make them think twice about their litigiousness, but I don't think it's going to happen this time unless Samsung gets a friendly judge. Hope I'm wrong.

6. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

They might have a friendly judge in their ITC action.... An ITC decision could happen sooner than in a District Court litigation.

10. chocolatebear76

Posts: 123; Member since: Mar 03, 2011


12. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Without meaning to upset you more, you DO know this is where people come to talk about mobile, right??

11. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

If you haven't heard, Phone Dog reported the Samsung devices Apple wants to have an injunction put on as a result of the infringement suit: the Droid Charge, the Infuse 4G, the Galaxy Tab 10.1, and (of course) the Galaxy S. If Apple wins, makes you wonder if it will mean preventing the sale of these devices, or just HEFTY fines as a result of Samsung making a profit at Apple's expense. Streamlining kinda makes sense from Samsungs point of view: If Samsung wins, you got to get the dark cloud from over your devices. Makes for a very interesting turn of the year in 2012, as by the first half of the year we may know if Samsung is taking a huge hit in profits or if Apple sued one time to many, AT&T gets T-Mobile, RIM gets QNX out or do they fail completely and fall by the wayside, and how the Nokia/Windows marriage works. The next few years of the Mobile industry looks like it is full of gossip and drama .....

18. hepresearch unregistered

The second half of 2011 and all of 2012 will be very interesting... there will be alot of shocked fanboys, alot of dissappointed customers, and alot of limits on future choices. Personally, I think Samsung will lose to Apple, and a bunch of Samsung smartphones will be barred from sale in the US... I don't like the idea, but I think that is what will happen. Next, Apple will go after either LG, Motorola, or HTC. AT&T will eat T-Mobile alive... RIM will fail to launch QNX devices with any appreciable sales... Windows Phone Mango on Nokia hardware will be a huge flop. I think those things will all happen, but I definitely would like to be wrong in this case. Until we know for sure, I will try to contribute to, and enjoy, the rumor mill for all it's worth!

19. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I have noticed you are preparing for the worst with all those predictions hepresearch. Better to be surprised with good news than bad, huh? :-D I do hope Samsung and Apple come to an out of court settlement- neither would really benefit from the long drawn out appeals no matter who wins/loses. I am with you on AT&T-Mobile- that's a sure thing. Hope you are wrong on RIM- but got that bad feeling they have one more bullet to shoot themselves with. Only one I disagree with you on is Nokia/W7. I think this is a long term win/win for both, even if Nokia takes a hit to start with. Wonder what there is bubbling beneath the surface we haven't even heard of yet.....

20. hepresearch unregistered

I much prefer good surprises to bad ones. As of late, I have been "predicting" the worst... and it has often turned out to be right, unfortunately. So, by predicting the worst, I at least get to claim that I was right if it actually happens... otherwise, I am pleasantly surprised and happy to be wrong! Hopefully Samsung and Apple figure it out without hurting each other a whole lot... AT&T and T-Mobile appears to be going through regardless of any dissent... RIM I definitely hope to be wrong on, as QNX might prove to be a nice alternative to WebOS... Although Android phones appear to be more plentiful and supported, I am not a huge fan of Android, so WebOS is the only choice that seems to be favorable to me right now. Nokia/WP7, though, it just seems to me like this whole scenario is designed from the beginning to take out Nokia altogether; I just haven't figured out yet exactly who is benfiting from it, and over what time frame.

13. RUtsuki unregistered

FOr me samsung will be the best smartphone. Beside apple is just jealous because there product. Was not sold

14. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Huh? Lol.

16. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

This is apple vs Samsung, not apple vs Android btw. So dont get too butthurt xD

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