Apple and Samsung have been going at loggerheads for the past seven years. No, I am not talking about the perennial smartphone rivalry but the courtroom drama that both the companies have been part of. Apple and Samsung, both have been sweating it out in the court and it started with Apple accusing Samsung of copying iPhone. As per the latest court filling the two companies have reached an out of court settlement.
The court battle started out in 2011 and the first round was won by Apple after the court ruled that Samsung is liable to pay $1 billion. Well the buck didn’t stop here, Samsung appealed and after a series of pitter-patter, the courtroom drama finally ended.
The infringement case included a series of UI elements. Apple accused Samsung of copying the basic features of smartphones like the tap to zoom, and home screen grid app. All of this might sound trivial in today’s age but in 2011 the UI features in question were literally the game changers. Its worth mentioning that Apple had also sued Samsung claiming that the latter copied the iPhone’s Slide to Unlock button, in this case, Apple won $120 million.
It comes as a surprise to me that both the companies opted for an out of court settlement. Especially since the courtroom battle was more symbolic in nature. In a nutshell, the battle was about whether Samsung copied Apple to maintain their dominance in the industry. Apple has openly said that the battle is not about money. It is quite likely that with the change in leadership and due course of time the patent battle fizzled out and both the companies may have wanted to end it once and for all. With scores of smartphone manufacturers still borrowing certain design element from Apple, I am not sure who is next!