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Samsung drops injunction applications against Apple

According to an announcement made by a Samsung executive, all injunctions against Apple regarding the wireless telecommunications technology case are being dropped by the company. These patent injunctions had been filed in five countries, namely United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. Samsung has decided to pull out applications from courts in all these countries.

However, it should be noted that the patent infringement lawsuits currently active in these European countries are not being dropped. It is not clear yet if the withdrawals came as a result of an out of court settlement with Apple, although the company has asserted that the decision was completely “unilateral and voluntary”. Both these technology giants have remained locked in legal battles regarding patent infringement for a long time, and this gesture from Samsung might prove to be instrumental in breaking the deadlock.

 

The statement released by the Korean manufacturer went like this:

 

"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."

 

Apple had achieved a significant victory in the patent infringement case earlier this year when a California jury awarded it $1.05 billion in damages, but it lost the legal battle in the U.K, and was ordered to publicly declare that iPad’s design hadn’t been copied by Samsung.

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