Samsung Withdraws Apple Ban Request in Europe

Following a U.S. judge's decision to not approve Apple's request of banning 26 Samsung mobile devices in the U.S. and denying a new trial over the former's $1 billion court case win, the technology giant has withdrawn its request to ban Apple products within several European regions to "protect consumer choice."

The South Korean technology conglomerate will drop its requests in Germany, the U.K., France, Italy and the Netherlands. Foss Patents legal consultant Florian Mueller noted that Samsung never mentioned lawsuit in its statement regarding the announcement -- it's still suing for compensation.

Samsung had alleged that its rival violated the use of its patents relates to wireless technology. Apple, however, stated that the former didn't license the patents out fairly. The former added that it was better to compete in the marketplace than in the courtroom.

"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."

 

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  • aznguy0028
    I think Samsung made the right decision here, they don't want ruin their public image by seeming to be sue happy like Crapple. I rather see innovation/competition in the marketplace than to feed those vulture lawyers.
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  • rpgplayer
    Good guy Samsung.
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  • techcurious
    otacon72Hit the fanboys with facts and you get thumbed down. Typical.. They were going to lose just like they did for their bid for a new trial. Since Samsung wasn't smart like HTC to enter into a licensing agreement Apple is going to keep taking them to cleaners a billion at a time.

    You know.. Crazy people think they are sane and every one else is crazy... so take a look in the mirror before pointing your Apple sauce fingers at anyone who disagrees with you... In the end, Apple makes it so easy for any other company to take the higher road...
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  • aznguy0028
    I think Samsung made the right decision here, they don't want ruin their public image by seeming to be sue happy like Crapple. I rather see innovation/competition in the marketplace than to feed those vulture lawyers.
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  • rpgplayer
    Good guy Samsung.
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  • ericburnby
    Seriously? Goog guy Samsung?

    Does everyone forget the EU has a formal antitrust investigation going on against Samsung that specifically relates to Samsung seeking injunctions using FRAND patents? And suddenly Samsung drops all injunctions over those same FRAND patents. And people think it's because Samsung is being "nice"?

    This is nothing more than Samsung backing off as they were about to get the smackdown from the EU similar to how MS had in the past.
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