The case first started in April 2011 after the iPhone maker filed suit in the San Jose federal court claiming infringement of four design patents and three utility patents by Samsung. The Korean company countersued with its own allegations. Apple later widened the dispute to a second lawsuit in the San Jose, California, court and one with the U.S. International Trade Commission.
Apple and Samsung together accounted for half of the 700 million global smartphone shipments in 2012. The two rivals have been fighting each other in several courts around the world over patent-related arguments.
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