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Apple and Samsung reportedly resume patent talks



Alli Pyrah, New York


Apple and Samsung have reportedly resumed talks in an effort to settle their differences over patent infringement claims relating to smartphone technology.

The Korea Times reports that the rival companies are trying to work out a deal over royalty payments, while the Korean Fair Trade Commission has teamed up with anti-trust officials in Europe and the US to discuss the situation.

The news is the latest installment in a long-running series of disputes between the two companies over Smartphone technology.

In November, a jury in California revised damages Samsung was required to pay to Apple to just over $900 million. The verdict was the result of a retrial of a jury verdict in August last year, which concluded that Samsung had infringed five utility and design patents relating to the iPhone 5 and awarded Apple $1 billion in damages.

But the Federal Circuit resurrected the chance for Apple to secure a permanent ban on US sales of the infringing products when it unanimously ruled that District Judge Lucy Koh, who presided over the case, erred in denying Apple’s motion for a permanent injunction.

Last week, Apple filed another motion with the same court to block Samsung from selling the products in the US.

In the motion, Apple argues that an injunction would not be against the public interest because Samsung has already stopped selling the products in question, but that without an injunction Samsung could sell other infringing products in future.

Apple has requested a hearing on the motion before January 30.


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