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Apple, Samsung call cease-fire in most countries

| Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

The seemingly never-ending global patent war between rivals Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. may finally be coming to an end.

In a sign that they might have realized the futility of years of patent litigation, the two companies released a joint statement confirming they have agreed to a cease-fire outside of this country.

“Apple and Samsung have agreed to drop all litigation between the two companies outside the United States,” the statement said. “This agreement does not involve any licensing arrangements, and the companies are continuing to pursue the existing cases in U.S. courts.”

The patent litigation between the companies stems from Apple's assertion several years ago that Samsung essentially copied the iPhone as it tried to claw its way back into the smartphone market. For its part, Samsung has alleged that Apple infringed on some of its wireless transmission patents.

Under the agreement, the companies are dropping lawsuits in South Korea, Japan and Germany, among other locations. While this detente seems to signal a winding down of legal hostilities, the companies have significant litigation pending in the United States.

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