Apple to drop Mini from Samsung suit
SAN FRANCISCO — Apple Inc. has agreed to drop Samsung Electronics Co.’s Galaxy S III Mini from a patent-infringement lawsuit against the South Korea-based company, according to court records.
Apple said it agreed to withdraw the smartphone from its case because Samsung assured the court the phone won’t be sold in the United States, according to a filing Friday in federal court in San Jose, Calif. The filing, which follows an August verdict in the same court in Apple’s favor on other infringement claims, comes in a second patent case between the two companies, scheduled for trial in 2014.
Apple says the smartphone is available for sale through Amazon.com, and it will agree to drop its claims against the Galaxy S III Mini only if Samsung’s assurances remain true.