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Apple, Samsung settle their epic smartphone patent fight

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Apple and Samsung today settled their long-running dispute over smartphone patents.

Why it matters: The two sides began their fight in 2011, and it went as far as the Supreme Court. While the case has had less and less strategic importance in recent years, at one time it could have shifted the balance of the smartphone market.