Apple Drops Patent Case Against Samsung Galaxy S III Mini

By Shailesh Shrivastava email: s.shrivastava@mobilenapps.com | Dec 29, 2012 10:46 AM EST

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Samsung, which has been involved in multiple patent- infringement cases with Apple, breathed a sigh of relief as Apple decided to drop an infringement claim against Galaxy S III Mini.

Apple took the decision after an assurance from Samsung that it will not bring the latest phone in the U.S. market.

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Apple had contended in U.S. District Court in San Jose, California, that the company's attorneys were able to buy many sets of Samsung Galaxy S III Mini via Amazon.

In the opposition of Apple's contention, Samsung said that the Mini was not available for sale in the U.S., hence should not be included in the case.

"Apple will agree to withdraw without prejudice its request to include the Galaxy S III 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," Apple said in its filing.

The phone powered by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, appeared on Amazon last month, and the phone with super AMOLED screen is still available on Amazon for $340.24.

Apple had filed an application in late November in the court to add Samsung's six Galaxy series products in a patent-infringement petition against Samsung. The application included Samsung Galaxy S III,S III Mini, Note, Tab 8.9, Tab II 10.1, and Rugby Pro.

World's two largest mobile phone makers, Apple and Samsung, have been involved in many patent-infringement related cases in several countries.

In August, a U.S. federal court had ordered Samsung to pay Apple $1.05 billion for infringing on Apple's six smartphone patents. However, Apple failed to a permanent secure sales ban against many older Samsung products.

In October, Apple lost a patent case related to tablet design against Samsung in a British court.

The court gave the ruling in favor of Samsung saying that the design of the Samsung Galaxy Tab did not look similar to that Apple had registered for its iPad.

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