Mobile phone manufacturers Samsung and Apple have announced that they are dropping all patent lawsuits outside the US. The two rivals announced the news by similar statements.
The patent disputes centered around Apple launching the iPhone in 2007 with Samsung then releasing a number of handsets, such as the Galaxy, also with touch screens.
Apple first filed a suit in 2011 alleging that Samsung had copied features of the iPhone. Samsung then sued Apple in a number of countries around the world.
However, the iPhone and Galaxy phone makers will continue with existing patent cases in the US.
When contacted by Mobile, a Samsung spokesperson told us, 'Samsung and Apple have agreed to drop all litigation between the two companies outside the United States. This agreement does not involve any licensing arrangements, and the companies are continuing to pursue the existing cases in U.S. courts.'
Apple did not respond to our request for comment on the matter.