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Apple drops patent claims against Samsung smartphone only sold in Europe

The tech company wants to be able to take up arms again later, if the phone is sold in the U.S.

In December, Apple and Samsung poked their heads out of their trenches for a minute and stopped flinging injunctions at each other, as the companies withdrew some of their requests to ban the other’s products, with a little nudging from the courts.

Now Apple is taking another step toward peace in this long-running patent war (a new year’s resolution, perhaps?), and dropping patent claims against a new Samsung smartphone.

The Galaxy S III Mini was Samsung’s response to Apple’s iPhone 5—but only in Europe. Samsung is not selling the phone in the U.S., and claimed that the Mini should not be included in the new litigation Apple filed against it. Apple sought to add the Mini and other Samsung products to its patent suits against Samsung, building off its August 2012 win in Apple v. Samsung.

Apple agreed to drop the patent claims on the Mini, considering it isn’t being sold in the U.S., “so long as the current withdrawal will not prejudice Apple's ability later to accuse the Galaxy S III Mini if the factual circumstances change."

Read more at Thomson Reuters.


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