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Apple Drops Patent Infringement Claim Against Samsung Galaxy S III Mini

by Todd Haselton | December 28, 2012December 28, 2012 2:00 pm PST

Apple recently decided to drop claims that the Galaxy S III mini infringed on its patents, after Samsung told the Cupertino-based firm that it will not sell the device in the United States.

Apple originally tossed the Galaxy S III mini into its lawsuit against Samsung, in addition to several other products, including the Galaxy S III, after the South Korea-based firm announced the device. The Galaxy S III mini is currently available for purchase in Europe, but Apple apparently decided to try adding the phone after it found it was easily able to purchase it on Amazon for U.S. delivery, Reuters said Friday.

If anything, this is a confirmation that Samsung and its carrier partners won’t sell the Galaxy S III mini directly in the U.S. In fact, the company said that it isn’t “making, using, selling, offering to sell or importing the Galaxy S III mini in the United States.” In other words, just because consumers can buy it from Amazon doesn’t mean that Samsung is trying to skirt under Apple’s radar by selling it here.

Samsung lost a suit to Apple this past summer when a jury ruled that it owed Apple more than $1 billion in damages for infringing on patents.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...