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Samsung Drops Injunction Requests Against Apple in Europe

In yet another development in the worldwide patent battle between Apple and Samsung, The Verge reports that Samsung has dropped its requests for injunctions barring the sale of a number of Apple products in Europe. Samsung has accused Apple of infringing several standards-essential patents related to cellular technology and has been pursuing both sales bans and monetary damages. Samsung's statement reads:
Samsung remains committed to licensing our technologies on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms, and we strongly believe it is better when companies compete fairly in the marketplace, rather than in court. In this spirit, Samsung has decided to withdraw our injunction requests against Apple on the basis of our standard essential patents pending in European courts, in the interest of protecting consumer choice.
While Samsung is portraying its move as an altruistic one focused on "protecting consumer choice", the company has been under scrutiny from the European Commission over potential antitrust issues related to licensing the standards-essential patents it owns.


Standards-essential patents are required to be licensed under FRAND (fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory) terms in order to promote competition. The requirement is aimed at preventing a single company from controlling an entire industry by refusing to license patents critical to building a competing product. Apple's lawyers have argued, however, that Samsung's offers for licensing its 3G-related patents have not been reasonable.

Apple has been pushing for greater clarification of how patents subject to FRAND terms should be licensed, and has been one of a number of parties to argue that standards-essential patents should not be used as the basis for requests for sales injunctions as the patents are intended to be licensed.

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26 months ago
Funny, Macrumors spins this story against Samsung, other tech sites spin this story against Apple.

Who to trust?

I just want the companies to get back to producing kick *** phones and devices.
Rating: 18 Votes
26 months ago
I agree with what was said in the comments on another site. I think Samsung have pulled out because of the threat from the EU to investigate abuse of SEP's.

I believe Motorola is already being investigated.
Rating: 16 Votes
26 months ago

Funny, Macrumors spins this story against Samsung, other tech sites spin this story against Apple.

Who to trust?


Funny, everywhere I've read is spinning this story against Samsung for making such a ridiculous statement - 'in the interest of protecting consumer choice'.

Give me some places that are spinning this against Apple.
Rating: 13 Votes
26 months ago
Samsung stops wasting time and money and saves itself the embarrassment of losing in court. End of story.
Rating: 11 Votes
26 months ago

Samsung remains committed to licensing our technologies on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms, and we strongly believe it is better when companies compete fairly in the marketplace, rather than in court. In this spirit, Samsung has decided to withdraw our injunction requests against Apple on the basis of our standard essential patents pending in European courts, in the interest of protecting consumer choice.


This is a load of bollocks.



;) :rolleyes:
Rating: 11 Votes
26 months ago
Is not funny, its a fact:

- Samsung oem some 3G patents that Broadcom licensed, Apple uses the licensed Broadcom chips and now Samsung says that from all companies that uses the Broadcom chips, Apple should pay more and the other companies not.
- Apple innovate in physical design and GUI, Samsung blatantly copied both, and Samsung says it should be allowed to copy and don't pay.


Funny, Macrumors spins this story against Samsung, other tech sites spin this story against Apple.

Who to trust?

I just want the companies to get back to producing kick *** phones and devices.

Rating: 8 Votes
26 months ago

Not pleased with the Note 2, GS III, or iPhone 5? If not, you may want to look at your standards.
Admittedly, the iPad 4 and latest Galaxy Tabs aren't exactly doing anything special, just speed upgrades.


I am satisfied with the Note II more so than any other device I've used in the past 5 years. It really brings me back to my Palm TX days. I use it more than my iPad.

I agree however, that most of the slates being introduced aren't more than incremental updates save for the iPad Mini which really only keeps me interested because of it's size.

Is not funny, its a fact:

- Samsung oem some 3G patents that Broadcom licensed, Apple uses the licensed Broadcom chips and now Samsung says that from all companies that uses the Broadcom chips, Apple should pay more and the other companies not.
- Apple innovate in physical design and GUI, Samsung blatantly copied both, and Samsung says it should be allowed to copy and don't pay.


And Apple ripped off many a tech company in its day and vice versa and we've never seen such nonsense in the courts. Or at least it was kept quite.
Rating: 7 Votes
26 months ago
More important news : Judge Koh has ruled (http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20121218075540657).

Apple got its injunction denied, based on the grounds that it would hurt the consumer with little benefit to Apple and Samsung got denied its retrial based on the fact that they didn't specifically ask for the Seagate litigation.

Koh seems pretty much done with this, she's basically pushing both parties to appeal so that she doesn't have to rule in this case anymore.

Innovation comes to a halt as no one wants to waste time on something that everyone les can freely use

Again innovation stops. Two years is not long enough to recover R&D costs for many things.


And today, with patents, innovation stops because everyone is afraid of getting hit by a patent lawsuit and not being able to afford to defend themselves. So every just goes for tried and true, and we get stagnation so that no one gets hit with a patent lawsuit as soon as they try to make something different from what's on the market (you never know who's sitting on what in this patent game, heck, even patents that are far removed from your product can be used against you, based on a few claims).

Software patents right now are doing more harm than good.
Rating: 7 Votes
26 months ago

Funny, Macrumors spins this story against Samsung, other tech sites spin this story against Apple.

Who to trust?

I just want the companies to get back to producing kick *** phones and devices.


What I find funny is that MR posts this but does not post THIS (http://news.yahoo.com/judge-denies-apple-request-ban-samsung-phones-044313478.html)
Rating: 5 Votes
26 months ago

So because of patents, no one is innovating today. That's what you're saying. Right? :confused:


Apple was sued for a camera phone patent just the other day.

Course they can afford it. They have billions in the bank, and can weather a drawn out legal battle, much like any of the larger corporation.

But what about the little guys with big ideas? They won't be able to do anything worthwhile, because they moment they become a threat, one of the big corporations will drop the hammer and sue them over some obscure software patent buried deep within the system.

They won't be able to fight it, so they'll have no other choice but to pay out the nose for some innocuous bit of common sense nothing, or give up the rights to their idea.

...and thus innovation dies.
Rating: 5 Votes

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