It's seems like it's been a lifetime since Samsung and Apple got into a petty spat over patent infringement, but it's only been seven years. Seven long years of Apple accusing Samsung of stealing its very simple design, Samsung going "nuh uh", and a constant back and forth of lawsuits, appeals, and counter-suits that benefits absolutely no one except some groups of overpaid corporate lawyers. Now, finally, the two have agreed to cut the shit and stop fighting.
This whole mess started in 2011 when Apple accused Samsung of ripping off its patented design on a number of now-ancient devices like the Galaxy S 4G, the Galaxy S2, and the Droid Charge. The initial lawsuit sought $2 billion in damages, with part of the suit involving three different design patents (1, 2, 3) describing a device with a black front, rounded rectangular corners and bezels, as well coloured icons on a grid layout. All of which are pretty broad designs, and standards in the modern smartphone industry.
Ever since both companies have been going back and forth, with different courts around the world making different decisions on who was actually in the right. Now the stupid case is finally fucking over, little over a month after a court ordered Samsung to pay £405 million in damages to Apple. The terms of the deal haven't been publicly revealed, so for now we don't know which side came out the victor. Other than the lawyers, I mean. [BBC News]