Apple and Samsung just did something shocking. They are dropping all litigation against each other outside the U.S.

“Samsung and Apple have agreed to drop all litigation between the two companies outside the United States,” said the two companies in a joint statement. “This agreement does not involve any licensing arrangements, and the companies are continuing to pursue the existing cases in U.S. courts.”

Why the change of heart all of a sudden? Well, the U.S. court cases are the biggest in terms of potential monetary damages. Apple won more than $1 billion damages in the first trial between the two companies. A second trial back in May resulted in damages awarded to both companies, but Apple pretty much won on that one as well. Samsung was hit with $119.6 million in damage payments, while Apple had just $158,400.

The dropping of litigation is a surprise because an Apple win in Germany forced Samsung to redesign one of its Galaxy tablets in order to avoid a sales ban. Did the two sides settle on international litigation? Recent reports say negotiations were not close, but you don’t just drop it for no reason.

Today’s news ends a battle that has been taking place since April of 2011. Then, Apple accused Samsung of copying its iPhone. Samsung fired back saying Apple stole its mobile technology. It looks like three years of bickering between the two has finally come to an end, at least, outside the U.S.

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