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Apple Drops Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini Patent Claim

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Device's unavailability in U.S. forces iOS developer to drop claim.

Apple has withdrawn patent infringement allegations against Samsung's Galaxy S3 Mini based on a condition that will prevent the South Korean electronics giant to not sell the phone in the U.S.

The former detailed the agreement in a filing with the U.S. District Court for Northern California. It had requested during November 2012 that the smartphone and other Samsung products should be added to the ongoing patent dispute between the two rivals.

Samsung stressed that its Galaxy S3 Mini was unavailable for purchase in the U.S. However, Apple pointed towards the fact that the device was listed on Amazon's U.S. website and had been purchased and delivered to a number of U.S. addresses.

"Apple will agree to withdraw without prejudice its request to include the Galaxy S III Mini in this case given Samsung's representation that it is not making, using, selling, offering to sell, or importing that product into the United States," the iPhone maker said.

Apple were recently denied a permanent ban on Samsung devices in the U.S., but the latter was refused a new trailer pertaining to the former's $1.05 billion court case win.

Following the judge's ruling, Samsung withdrew its sales injunction requests against certain Apple product in Europe in order to "protect consumer choice."

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    Gundam288 , January 2, 2013 11:05 PM
    Sounds like they are just trying to save the legal fees for when the Galaxy S4 comes out. =/
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    billgatez , January 2, 2013 11:55 PM
    Funny as this wont stop any other seller form importing it in to the U.S.
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    bustapr , January 3, 2013 12:13 AM
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    but the latter was refused a new trailer pertaining to the former's $1.05 billion court case win.


    lol
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    ipwn3r456 , January 3, 2013 12:58 AM
    Well, there's still something called eBay. People can still buy it from Asian countries or whichever country from eBay.
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    bustapr , January 3, 2013 1:09 AM
    that was certainly a lame argument though. sue samsung because sellers are shipping phones to USA addresses. best withdraw the case instead of looking like bigger asshats when samsung wins the trial. Its glaringly obvious that lawyers are running apple. theyre looking for any excuse to sue. It says alot about a company when more than half the press they get is related to lawsuits instead of innovation and products.
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    Cons29 , January 3, 2013 7:17 AM
    apple should advertise these things... the amazing lawsuit that we are having, it's like no other, it's life changing.

    innovate apple, innovate
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    panini , January 3, 2013 7:20 AM
    billgatezFunny as this wont stop any other seller form importing it in to the U.S.


    Unfortunately, Amazon isn't just any other seller. By taking out Amazon they've made the US Market for the phone significantly smaller. Now only people who really want it will get one, not people who were "considering" it.
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    eaving , January 3, 2013 8:25 AM
    paniniUnfortunately, Amazon isn't just any other seller. By taking out Amazon they've made the US Market for the phone significantly smaller. Now only people who really want it will get one, not people who were "considering" it.


    That's the whole point here. They did not take out Amazon, or indeed anyone else. Samsung does not sell this phone in the US and anywhere you find carrying it is basically grey marketing out of Europe/Asia. Win or Lose had the lawsuit gone through it would only have the effect of lining a few more lawyers pockets while not materially effecting the availability of the phone to any end user.