Reuters is reporting this afternoon that Apple has agreed to withdraw patent claims against a new Samsung phone with a high-end display after Samsung said it was not offering to sell the product in the crucial U.S. market. Apple disclosed the agreement in a filing on Friday in U.S. District Court in San Jose, California. Samsung's representative stated that it is not "making, using, selling, offering to sell or importing the Galaxy S III Mini in the United States." Based on that, Apple said it agreed to withdraw its patent claims on the Mini, "so long as the current withdrawal will not prejudice Apple's ability later to accuse the Galaxy S III Mini if the factual circumstances change." Apple had previously argued that the device infringed on the same patents included in its $1.5 billion verdict against Samsung.
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