Samsung Drops Injunction Requests Against Apple in Europe

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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:
    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.

    Article Link: Samsung Drops Injunction Requests Against Apple in Europe
  2. macrumors 601


    Oct 1, 2010
    Not sure if this really means anything. Maybe they are playing nice with each other ;)
  3. macrumors 604

    Digital Skunk

    Dec 23, 2006
    In my imagination
    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.
  4. macrumors 68030


    Oct 19, 2010
    Buffalo, NY
    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.
  5. macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2011
    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.
  6. macrumors 603

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth

    Lol.. Yep.... But sees it all about "competing faily". .. How the hell did Samung take soo long?

    another bird has died off before Samsung relied "in spirit"

    Personally, this is where you Really wanna have a "we agree not to sue u" type aggreement.
  7. macrumors 68030

    Feb 17, 2009
    Anything lawsuit Samsung Apple page 2 please?
  8. macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2006
    SLC, Utah
    Samsung stops wasting time and money and saves itself the embarrassment of losing in court. End of story.
  9. macrumors 68000


    Aug 15, 2011
    Apple/Samsung, stop bothering each other and start innovating! I don't want to see a slightly updated 5S or S4.
  10. JAT
    macrumors 603

    Dec 31, 2001
    Mpls, MN
    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.
  11. macrumors 65816

    Jun 29, 2007
    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.

  12. macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2011
    Who's complaining? Let's all be selfish, the end of all these court battles is better for us consumers.
  13. macrumors 604

    Digital Skunk

    Dec 23, 2006
    In my imagination
    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.

    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.
  14. macrumors 68040


    Sep 24, 2010
    This is a load of bollocks.

    ;) :rolleyes:
  15. macrumors 601


    Sep 15, 2011
    Vilano Beach, FL
    Next week: Apple and Samsung take long hot shower together.
  16. macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2011
    Next week we will all be GONE! ... end of the World coming this week ... or, haven't you heard yet ....
  17. macrumors 68020

    Jul 8, 2006
  18. macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2011

    Not for lawyers ... think how much money these bas&^%@ have been making riding this wave ....
  19. macrumors 601


    Apr 3, 2003
    Looks like Samsung is taking a play from Google's propaganda playbook.
  20. macrumors regular

    Apr 1, 2007
    A show of hands, please... Who would prefer that all future stories about Apple/Samsung legal wranglings be relegated to Page 2?
  21. macrumors 601


    Sep 15, 2011
    Vilano Beach, FL
    I totally forgot! I probably need to mail these Christmas cards _today_.


    Yeah, I sometimes wish there was additional sub-categories to the main news section, like: new products, legal, competitive analysis/financial, etc (in addition to the sort of platform specific sections).
  22. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2012
  23. macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    Phew! Thank God I got my Apple vs Samsung update today. I feel much relieved now.
  24. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 6, 2012
    Samsung = bad, bad, Puddy Tat. Apple = Angelic Tweety...

    Or at least that's how some of these PR spins read. I wish these two companies would just sit down and sort out their differences. I appreciate the quality of Samsung equipment.
  25. macrumors 68040

    Jun 12, 2005
    There were many court stories about others suing apple back in the day as well, but we weren't reading them online every day. Nothing really changed.

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