Apple suffered a setback in its patent war, as it dropped a complaint against Samsung and its Galaxy S III Mini smartphone last week, according to news reports.
In exchange for Samsung not offering the device for sale in the U.S., Apple has removed the Galaxy S III Mini from the list of devices in its ongoing and far-reaching lawsuit against the South Korean electronics manufacturer.
According to Samsung, the Mini has never been offered for sale in the U.S., although Apple claims its lawyers were able to order the device from Amazon.com.
Samsung launched the Mini in Europe in October as a direct competitor to the iPhone 5.
The move is the latest twist in the convoluted patent battle between the companies and adds another chapter to the ongoing intellectual property saga among Silicon Valley's tech giants.