Like global smartphone sales, patent wars between various companies involved in this ultra-competitive industry reached peak insanity levels a while back, steadily slowing down in recent years. In perhaps the most telling sign that the world's largest mobile device vendors had finally understood their resources are better spent elsewhere, Apple and Samsung reached a historic settlement last year in a back-and-forth legal dispute that started a whole seven years earlier.
BlackBerry and Nokia ended in November, while Samsung expanded a patent license agreement with Nokia for a multi-year period to avoid any kind of trouble. The world's number one smartphone manufacturer is also very close to putting an end to a legal squabble with the market's fastest-rising major player.A far lesser-known conflict of a similar nature between
As reported by FOSS Patents, Huawei and Samsung are preparing an out-of-court settlement agreement that's likely to be finalized in the next few weeks, asking for a 30-day stay of an appeal filed by Huawei in the US. If an agreement is reached during this 30-day period, the China-based appellant expects to file an unopposed motion to dismiss the case, which would essentially bring this nearly three-year old conflict to a close.
This particular war has largely flown under our radar, but you may remember Huawei sued Samsung first in both China and the US, which predictably incited countersuits on Samsung's part, but also a small win for Huawei almost a year ago. Since then, Samsung brought new patent infringement allegations against its increasingly successful arch-rival, which were supposed to be heard by a San Francisco jury in September. Huawei was trying to avoid that with this pending appeal, but it seems like the two tech giants are ready to bury the hatchet once and for all.
Of course, Samsung and Huawei will continue to duke it out for smartphone market domination and technological innovation. Hopefully, the rise of foldable devices will not be the start of a new patent war.