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Apple Agrees to Drop Patent Claims Against Samsung Galaxy SIII Mini

Samsung Galaxy SIII Mini, AppleApple will drop its patent lawsuit against Samsung’s Galaxy SIII Mini after the South Korean mobile phone giant announced that it would not sell the device in the United States.

Apple filed a request to the US District Court for Northern California to include the new smartphone and several Samsung products in the ongoing patent dispute between the two giant companies. Samsung countered the petition by saying that the Galaxy SIII mini will not be available in the US. However, Apple pointed out that the smartphone was listed on Amazon US.

The California-based company in their latest filing: “Apple will agree to withdraw without prejudice its request to include the Galaxy SIII Mini in this case given Samsung’s representation that it is not making, using, selling, offering to sell or importing that product into the United States.”

In August, a US jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple $1.05 billion for copying patented features of the iPhone and iPad for their Galaxy smartphone lines. Apple planned to include the Galaxy mini SIII, but the iPhone-maker failed to secure US sales ban for the Samsung products.

But while they scored a victory over Samsung in the United States, Apple was ordered by a Chinese court to pay 1 million Yuan ($160,400) for hosting a third-party application on their App Store that is used to sell pirated e-books.

Apple will pay compensation to eight Chinese authors and two companies who filed a complaint against them for violating copyright terms. The group of eight authors was still disappointed with the decision of the Chinese court because they were asking 10 million Yuan in damages.

Bei Zhicheng, the spokesman of the group said: “We are disappointed at the judgment. Some of our best-selling authors only got 7,000 Yuan. The judgment is a signal of encouraging piracy.”

Apple, on the other hand, said that they will continue updating their service to avoid similar incidents in the future and vowed to take copyright infringement complaints seriously.

[Source: AFP, Reuters]