A report featured in CNet notes that Apple had recently decided to drop its patent claims against the Samsung Galaxy SIII Mini, under the condition that the Korea-based smartphone maker won’t market the said gadget in the United States.
“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,” Apple is quoted to have said in its filing.
Filed last Friday, the case does not exactly render the ongoing “patent war” between Apple and Samsung as over and done, since the issue between the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy SIII is still going to take place by March 31, 2014.
Last November, Apple broadened its assertions in a proposed motion, which then included the Galaxy S III (w/ Android 4.1), Galaxy S III Mini, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Tab 8.9 WiFi, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and Rugby Pro.
The recent news of Apple dropping the Galaxy S III Mini from its patent case against Samsung – particularly the conditions that are involved in the dropping – has become quite a “heated argument point” between Apple and Samsung detractors and fans, given how, as different arguments in online forums and message boards note, “arbitrary” the whole thing is.
It is difficult to see just what the outcome in the whole “patent war” would be, but as it continues to trail on, interest and sentiments on the situation have somewhat dwindled within end-user consumers, who are somewhat now more focused on seeing gadgets do what they are supposed to and no see brands argue over what is which.
How about you? Still think the “patent war” bears any significance in the release of quality products in the future?