Samsung agrees to pay Apple $548M, for now

Almost five years after the patent infringement lawsuit between the two companies began, Samsung has dropped further appeals and has agreed to pay Apple the $548 million in damages ordered by a Federal Appeals court last spring, according to a new report by FOSS Patents. Samsung had made a request to the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in August to re-examine the verdict, however that request was denied, and after a rapid series of back-and-forth filings from the two companies, a U.S. judge banned any further filings in the case until further notice.
While many believed that Samsung would take the appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, particularly after the U.S. Patent Office declared one of the key patents invalid, the two companies filed a joint case management statement this week in which Samsung stated it has “made arrangements to complete payment to Apple.” However, this may not entirely signal the end of the matter, since despite the agreement to pay, Samsung made it clear in its filings that it “reserves all rights to obtain reimbursement from Apple” as well as the rights to “reclaim or obtain reimbursement of any judgement amounts paid by Samsung to any entity,” should the judgement be reversed. Of course, Apple notes in the filing that it “disputes Samsung’s asserted rights to reimbursement,” suggesting that although money is changing hands for now, Samsung may not be done with its appeals.

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