Samsung and Apple aren’t exactly renowned for seeing eye–to–eye when it comes to arguments over who created the technology that powers their smartphones and software.
But the Korean gains appears to have ridden to Apple’s rescue in a lawsuit with patent licensing firm SmartFlash.
The latter won a payout of $533 million from Apple in 2015, after a Texan court backed its claims that iTunes infringed patents on copy protection, storage and payment processing.
Now though, the US Patent and Trademark office has found that Apple does not have a case to answer regarding payments. And all of this with the input of Samsung.
Why has Samsung weighed in? Because it too is facing the same litigation and has brought its might to bear on regulators to look into the case.
It’s unclear what this means for Samsung and Apple’s ongoing fight over the damages awarded to the latter for breached patents used in early models of Samsung’s Galaxy S smartphones.
That case is due to go all the way to the US Supreme Court. But it does seem that despite all that, Samsung and Apple can get along when they need to.
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