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The Financial Times reports this evening that Apple and Samsung have settled their patent disputes over smartphones and tablets in several countries around the world. In a joint statement, the two firms say that they have dropped litigation in all countries and regions outside of the US.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. But it doesn’t sound like there is any kind of cross-licensing deal in place, and no money changing hands, so there will be little to prevent new lawsuits between the two companies from sprouting in the future, should circumstances change…

Here’s the joint statement (via the Financial Times):

Apple and Samsung have agreed to drop all litigation between the two companies outside the United States.

This agreement does not involve any licensing arrangements, and the companies are continuing to pursue the existing cases in US courts.

The truce follows years of legal battles, which has cost both firms many millions of dollars, without a clear winner. The two sides have battled it out across multiple continents, in many countries and in several key markets such as Japan, Germany, the Netherlands, South Korea, Australia, and more.

Apple vs Samsung (Apple before and after iPhone)A slide Apple used as evidence in its 2012 US lawsuit against Samsung

Again, the agreement does not apply to litigation here in the United States, where Apple and Samsung are still entrenched in multiple lawsuits. In 2012, Apple was awarded over $1 billion in a patent infringement trial against Samsung, and it won another $119 million in a second trial this year.

Despite the bad blood, though, Apple and Samsung have been reportedly trying to squash their patent disputes for some time now. Apple has managed to do so with some of its other tech rivals, including HTC and Google, who had both been involved in lengthy battles with the Cupertino firm.

  • Rowan09

    Great.

  • Delis Encarnacion

    *crawls out of trench* is the war finally over?

  • Maxim∑

    Something tells me this isn’t over

    • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

      What’s that

      • N&LH

        It is not hard to figure out

      • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

        IPhone 5?

      • N&LH

        No, it is Samsung Galaxy Alpha.

      • Maxim∑

        It’s the rushed galaxy alpha that Samsung is making to go against the iPhone 6. The front of it looks really bad

    • sosarozay300

      WOOOOOOOW LOL there they go again

    • Ch Humza Masood Chaudrey

      WOW, is that the iPhone 6 or something!!!Apple has totally copied the Samsung home button and camera placement…let the lawsuits begin!

      • RuddyN

        You’re an idiot.

      • Delis Encarnacion

        LMFAOOOOOOOOO

      • M_thoroughbred

        Lol

      • Ch Humza Masood Chaudrey

        It was a joke:(

      • N&LH

        This is Samsung Galaxy Alpha.

    • Can’t be worse than what we’ve been seeing in the case of the iPhone 6 and HTC One…

      • Maxim∑

        HTC and Apple have a patent licensing agreement for 8 more years. HTC took the 5S tru tone flash LED adjustment patents and put it in the M8. Apple is using the new radio band patent from HTC on the 6

        Samsung is like Xamoi, they copy but don’t even have the decency to admit it or make an agreement

      • HTC took the 5S tru tone flash LED adjustment patents

        HTC took that from Apple? So, what you’re saying is Apple had that invented during the time of the from HTC Evo and Droid X which had older version of such thing (Dual Tone LED flash) back in 2010?

        Regarding Samsung blatantly copying, totally true, not arguing that. However, Apple too has their long term history of great Artist moves (http://bit ly/1eugsjQ), which is worse than copying; it’s stealing. So, I don’t feel any sorrow for them nor Samsung.

      • Maxim∑

        your right Moto had it before, I meant the LED’s change color temperature depending on the environment. They did invent that part

      • N&LH

        He would not agree with you

  • Dimitrios Pandioras

    Agree to settle patent disputes… for now.

  • @dongiuj

    Guys, it says in some countries. Not all in every country.

    • BozzyB

      you better read the statement again…

      • @dongiuj

        Oh god….just read the article briefly when I made that comment. Read the article again now….should have waited till I read it all properly before making a comment. Sorry guys lol

  • Jason Baroni

    I thought Gaza deal would come first, no joke.