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Apple and Samsung have dropped all legal proceedings against each other except in the United States. The move was revealed in a joint statement, issued overnight.

“Apple and Samsung have agreed to drop all litigation between the two companies outside the United States,” said the pair.

“This agreement does not involve any licensing arrangements, and the companies are continuing to pursue the existing cases in U.S. courts.”

The announcement comes after both companies ditched plans to appeal decisions relating to an International Trade Commission ban on certain Samsung products.

The decision means cases in the UK, Australia, Japan, Germany and Italy are all dropped. However, the continuation of hostilities in the US suggests the fight for patent supremacy is some way from being over.

Both tech giants are still arguing over damages and sales bans in the States. That's despite Apple winning two key cases and Samsung being forced to pay $1 billion for breaching Apple licences.

Samsung’s recent run of poor financial results, coupled with a slump in sales of its smartphones, means it appears to no longer have the stomach to fight Apple, especially when it needs to be focused on consolidating its position as the world’s number-one mobile-maker.

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