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Apple agrees to drop patent claims against new Samsung phone

The move comes after Samsung said it was not offering to sell the product in the US market
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First Published: Sat, Dec 29 2012. 12 46 AM IST
Last month Apple asked to add the Galaxy S III Mini and other Samsung products, including several tablet models, to its wide-ranging patent litigation against Samsung. Photo: Reuters
Last month Apple asked to add the Galaxy S III Mini and other Samsung products, including several tablet models, to its wide-ranging patent litigation against Samsung. Photo: Reuters
Updated: Sun, Dec 30 2012. 07 34 PM IST
San Francisco: Apple Inc. has agreed to withdraw patent claims against a new Samsung phone with a high-end display after Samsung said it was not offering to sell the product in the crucial US market.
Apple disclosed the agreement in a filing on Friday in US district court in San Jose, California.
Last month Apple asked to add the Galaxy S III Mini and other Samsung products, including several tablet models, to its wide-ranging patent litigation against Samsung.
In response, Samsung said the Galaxy S III Mini was not available for sale in the US and should not be included in the case.
Apple won a $1.05 billion verdict against Samsung earlier this year, but has failed to secure a permanent sales ban against several, mostly older Samsung models. The patents Apple is asserting against the Galaxy S III Mini are separate from those that went to trial.
Samsung started selling the Mini in Europe in October, to compete with Apple’s iPhone 5. In its filing on Friday in US district court, for the northern district of California, Apple said its lawyers were able to purchase “multiple units” of the Mini from Amazon.com Inc.’s US retail site and have them delivered within the country.
But Samsung represented that it is not “making, using, selling, offering to sell or importing the Galaxy S III Mini in the US. “Based on that, Apple said it agreed to withdraw its patent claims on the Mini, “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”.
A Samsung official declined to comment. Apple could not immediately be reached for comment.
The case in US district court, northern district of California is Apple Inc. vs. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd et al., 12-630. Reuters
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