Apple and Samsung have agreed to drop appeals in the ITC patent dispute

Apple and Samsung agreed to drop their appeals of a patent-infringement case at the US International Trade Commissionthat resulted in an import ban on some older Samsung phones. The import ban will remain in effect, according to a filing with the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington dated Friday. Details were not provided, and Adam Yates, a spokesman for Samsung, and Kristin Huguet, an Apple spokeswoman, declined to say whether the companies had reached an agreement. Samsung had been seeking to overturn the ban, while Apple was trying to revive other patent claims it lost. The focus now turns to Samsung’s efforts to reverse two jury verdicts it lost and Apple’s bid to halt sales of newer Samsung products.

In a pair of filings with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit earlier this week, both Apple and Samsung dropped their respective appeals of an ITC order to block sales of certain Samsung products, agreeing further pursuit on the issue would be unfruitful. News of the agreement first came from a Samsung motion on Thursday to voluntarily dismiss its appeal of the ITC ruling from August 2013 that found the company’s products in infringement of two Apple patents. As noted by FOSS Patents’ Florian Mueller, who its own motion corroborating Samsung’s statements. Apple said that Samsung’s motion to drop its appeal means the Commission’s exclusion and cease-and-desist orders are still in effect, but the Korean company’s workarounds of the two patents in question have already nullified any commercial gain from the ruling. Samsung’s CAFC appeal sought to reverse the ITC import ban, while Apple’s appeal looked to reverse decisions that allowed Samsung to create workarounds to its patented technology and possibly broaden the scope of the embargo.

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