Sometimes thieves just cannot catch a break. First, the U.S.P.T.O rejected all claims against the so-called ‘Steve Jobs Patent.’
The Steve Jobs patent is even stronger than it was before someone (presumably Samsung and Google) challenged it anonymously. On September 4, 2013, the USPTO issued a reexamination certificate confirming the patentability of all 20 claims because the prior art neither anticipated this invention nor renders it obvious
Elsewhere, Samsung backs down in patent war with Apple after being threatened with a fine from the European Commission. From Reuters:
Samsung Electronics has offered to stop taking rivals such as Apple Inc to court over patent disputes in a move which EU antitrust regulators hope will end the so-called patent war between tech companies in Europe. It may help Samsung avert a possible fine that could reach $18.3 billion.
Slavish copiers, both.