Last weekend, it was reported that Apple has dropped its patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung Galaxy S III. Based on a filing in the US District Court for Northern California last Friday, the Cupertino-based company withdrew their request to include the said Samsung smartphone in a patent infringement case.
Last November 23, Apple asked to add the Galaxy S III Mini together with five other recently released Samsung phones. As stated in the motion:
“In short, Apple has acted quickly and diligently to determine that these newly-released products do infringe many of the same claims already asserted by Apple and in the same way that the already accused devices infringe.”
Included on the list of alleged infringing handsets are Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Tab 8.9 Wi-Fi, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, and the Galaxy Rugby Pro. The case, which was originally filed last September, is just one of the many ongoing disputes between the two companies in many countries.
When Apple asked to add the Android smartphone to its case, the device was expected to be released in the US soon. After this, Samsung filed an opposition to the request, saying that the Galaxy S III Mini will not be sold in the US. They also filed a counterclaim, alleging that the iPhone maker violates two future patents and two Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) patents.
Apple: Dropping the Case Against S III Mini Anyway
In its filing last week, Apple noted that the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini was available in the country. That’s because their attorneys bought multiple handset from Amazon’s US online store. The online retailer was also able to ship the handsets to addresses in the US.
However, Apple wrote that since Samsung represented that it was not “making, using, selling, offering to sell or importing the Galaxy S III Mini in the United States,” they would still drop the case against the said mobile phone.
The company’s move may have something to do with the South Korean tech giant staying true to its statement. Apple withdrew their allegations “without prejudice,” reserving the right to make the accusations again “if the factual circumstances change.”
The Samsung Galaxy S III Mini is a mid-market Android smartphone, which the company says they don’t sell in the US. On the other hand, the Apple vs. Samsung patent infringement case is set for trial in 2014.