Apple and Samsung has jointly decided to drop every patent court case outside the United States. Both electronics manufacturers have been fighting each other for patent breaches for years.
The agreement means that court cases in 8 countries have now come to an end: Australia, Japan, South Korea, Germany, Netherlands, Great Britain, France and Italy. The fight is not over in the United States however, but it is the first approach between both companies in a long time.
American Apple has cases against South Korean Samsung as it feels it has stolen several iPhone features for its Samsung Galaxy line. Samsung has similar complaints, as it feels Apple has used several of its technologies without prior approval.
Both companies have rarely succeeded in getting their way, which is why court cases in several countries have dragged out. Several judges had previously stated that it would be in both parties' interests to come to a mutual agreement.