Apple and Samsung have been in legal dispute for some time now over a number of patents which Apple claims Samsung had copied in order to get ahead in the world of smartphones. The dispute began as far back as 2012 with the Galaxy Nexus and the Samsung Galaxy S II being the phones in question. But now, Apple has finally won the long-winded dispute – though it really doesn’t matter any more.
Apple’s victory today is a big one for the company who has been fighting this tooth and nail since probably before 2012, but the big picture is that it just doesn’t matter any more as the offending phones from Samsung are no longer in circulation.
The Cupertino company was granted a motion to force changes to some patent-infringing Samsung phones, specifically relating to the autocorrect and slide-to-unlock feartures used in the Galaxy Nexus – Samsung’s first and only Google Nexus smartphone, and their 2011 flagship, Galaxy S II. The motion only affects those and similar devices, which Samsung no longer has in circulation.
“We would like to reassure our millions of loyal customers that all of our flagship smartphones, which are used and loved by American consumers, will remain for sale and available for customer service support in the U.S.,” Samsung said in a statement.
Samsung assured American consumers that this would not impact them and berated Apple saying:
We are very disappointed that Apple has been granted an injunction on select Samsung legacy mobile phones. While this will not impact American consumers, it is another example of Apple abusing the judicial system to create bad legal precedent which can harm consumer choice for generations to come.