The Samsung Galaxy S III mini, announced mid-October, was added last month by Apple to the list of devices for which the Cupertino-based company is seeking justice in the courtrooms for alleged patent infringements. Samsung defended itself saying that the S III mini is not available in the US and thus it shouldn’t be included in the lawsuit.
Samsung confirmed that the phone in case will not be offered on the American market; as a response, Apple has withdrawn the Galaxy S III mini from the list together with patent infringement claims agains the device.
Despite Apple’s lawyers being able to purchase — with a US delivery — several Galaxy S III mini units from Amazon US, Samsung claimed that the company was not “making, using, selling, offering to sell or importing the Galaxy S III Mini in the United States.” With that in mind Apple agreed to drop its claims against the phone “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”.
Neither Apple nor Samsung representatives commented on the matter.