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Apple and Samsung are moving towards a negotiated settlement in their long-running patent battle, reports suggest.

An anonymous source, involved in the talks, says an end could finally be in sight after years of courtroom drama.

“Samsung has recently resumed working-level discussions with Apple and the key issue is how to dismiss all lawsuits,” said the insider.

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“Some more time will be needed to fix terms of details such as royalty payments in return for using patents owned by each before reaching a full agreement."

It’s believed that a US court's recent decision to find against Apple for infringing some older patents has acted as a catalyst for the planned deal.

Apple was ordered to pay a small sum, while Samsung was told to hand over a far heftier $120 million for breaching Cupertino’s intellectual property.

This is not the first time an out-of-court settlement has been mooted. Earlier this year it was reported the two companies’ CEOs had sat down to thrash out a deal, only for talks to end without agreement.


The Korea Times

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