Analyst: Apple-Samsung Settlement Hinges on Anti-Cloning Provision

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By this point, the multi-faceted intellectual property dispute between Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung (SSNLF.PK) feels like it’s as old as time itself. The two companies have jousted in court rooms so many times over the past few years and have traded so many victories and defeats that it can sometimes be hard to tell what new developments are important, and what are superficial.

This spring, though, observers of the ongoing feud are in store for a significant development. Apple and Samsung are scheduled to head to court in northern California on March 31 in order to have another significant patent dispute sorted out. The case is somewhat similar to one that occurred in 2012, in which Apple accused Samsung of infringing on several of its patents.  The trial lasted for about a month, and at the end of the day, Samsung was forced to pay about $600 million in damages, with another $450 million vacated for future review.

Come this March, the two companies will head back to court in California over a dispute involving a different set of patents, including some that involve Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S III smartphone. The same judge, Lucy Koh, will preside over the coming trial.

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