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Apple and Samsung to Drop Some Patent Lawsuits

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Apple and Samsung have agreed to drop their patent lawsuits against each other, but only outside the USA. Within the USA, where some of the most heated legal fights have taken place, the fight will continue.

As it is, the new agreement sees the two sides dropping patent lawsuits in nine countries, including the UK, South Korea, Japan and Germany.

Unlike most settlements, Samsung said that the agreement does not include patent license agreements in those countries, which would seem to leave open the option for more lawsuits in the future.

This is more of a temporary cease-fire than an ending of the patent war, and likely to be so that both sides can focus on the key US market where the patent disputes are worth more to both sides.

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