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Apple, Samsung Inch Toward End of Smartphone Patent Fight

Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. may inch closer to settling their global litigation over smartphone patents with decisions in the U.S. and Europe that allow sales of competing handsets while the fight over legal damages continues.

Facing an antitrust probe by European regulators, Samsung said today that it will halt efforts to block sales of Apple products there. Hours earlier, a U.S. judge in California rejected Apple’s request to block sales of Samsung devices.