Samsung recently announced that it will drop patent injunction applications filed against Apple in five different European countries, although a number of lawsuits alleging patent infringement remain intact. A senior executive from Samsung ended up telling The Wall Street Journal that injunction applications filed in the U.K., France, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands will all be pulled from court. All of the injunctions that were pulled were related to wireless telecommunications technology.
The applications that were withdrawn are a major shift in the war between the two tech giants, where court filings and disputes have piled up in dozens of countries around the world. The South Korean electronics manufacturer’s withdrawal of injunction applications was “unilateral and voluntary,” and the company declined to say whether they came as a result of out-of-court talks with Apple. According to Samsung’s statement:
Samsung remains committed to licensing our technologies on fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory 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.
Source: The Wall Street Journal