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Seemingly out of nowhere, Samsung has said today that it will stop pursuing injunction requests against Apple products in the U.K., Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands. Coming on the heels of mixed news in the big Samsung v. Apple trial here in the states yesterday, Samsung looks to be slowing down on its lawsuits in Europe now. What this basically means is that in the countries listed above, it will no longer be trying to receive sales bans on Apple devices. The Verge received this quote from Samsung on the matter:

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.

Quite the turn-around from the litigious nature of previous Samsung statements and actions, and everyone is wondering why the company has decided to make the switch. The likely reasoning is that Samsung is trying to put all of its time and effort into pushing the FRAND (Fair, Reasonable And Not Discriminatory) licensing of its standards-essential patent portfolio. This makes Samsung look like the good company that's working to keep a competitive marketplace, something that the regulators will like to see.

This surely doesn't take future lawsuits or possible sales bans off the table entirely, but Samsung would likely be happy to just license its extensive set of patents and be done with the matter if it had the chance.

Source: The Next Web; The Verge

 
There are 5 comments

n0obpr0 says:

Being the bigger person :)

icebike says:

The turn around in strategy was fully expected.

After all, Samsung has won against Apple's request for an injunction precisely because Apple has licensed their so called inventions to HTC.

If you are willing to license your patents to others, you have said to the world that you do not depend on keeping these patents out of the hands of others. If you are willing to take money or other compensation, then you can't demand injunctions.

"If money will make you whole, then you can't demand an injunction". (Quote PJ-Groklaw)

So since Samsung licenses its patents widely, they can't be seen demanding injunctions in other countries, where Apple could point to the US decision as reason against these injunctions.

By winning this issue in the US, Samsung undercut its chances of winning the opposite claim anywhere else, and jeopardizes its future claims in the US.

Samsung is embarking on a course of rational consistency, not magnanimity.

toukale says:

BS, The EU was investigating samsung for FRAND abuse and the best course of action for samsung at this point was to stop their injunction demands. Unlike in the US the EU do come down on companies hard. Ask microsoft how many billions they have donated to the EU bank account already.

JHBThree says:

They did not do this out of the goodness of their heart and they are not the 'bigger person'. The only reason they did this was because the EU is investigating them for antitrust abuse, and probably told them to shape up or face the wrath of a full-blown legal action.

Ry says:

Basically, everyone is wising up to the fact that requesting an injunction on anything involving FRAND/SEP is a set up for failure.