“Samsung has finally agreed to pay $548m in its long-running patent dispute with Apple,” Liam Tung reports for ZDNet. “The smartphone rivals on Thursday filed a joint court statement confirming that Samsung would, by December 14, pay Apple the $548m awarded to it in September.”

“The damages bill stems from Apple’s court award of $1bn in damages over a patent complaint it brought against Samsung nearly five years ago,” Tung reports. “However, subsequent appeals reduced the amount involved to the figure of $548m.”

“It emerged in August that Samsung may appeal the decision at the US Supreme Court following a failed bid to contest the damages bill at the US Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. Samsung believed that nearly $400m of the damages were unfairly awarded,” Tung reports. “Despite having now agreed to pay Apple the full amount, Samsung has also claimed ‘all rights to obtain reimbursement from Apple,’ pending the results of any further appeals.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Ah, the expediency of the “justice” system.

Yet, despite the half a decade of meandering and delay and all the rampant theft then and now, Apple has all of the good customers anyway: Apple’s iPhone owns 92% of smartphone industry’s profits.

It’s best not to mess with karma. — Steve Jobs

Apple’s products came first, then Samsung’s:

Samsung Galaxy and Galaxy Tab Trade Dress Infringement

For good measure, here’s what Google’s Android looked like before and after Apple’s iPhone:

Google Android before and after Apple iPhone

And, here’s what cellphones looked like before and after Apple’s iPhone:

cellphones before and after Apple iPhone

People who buy Android phones and tablets reward thieves.

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