Samsung withdraws its injunction request against Apple in EU courts

Samsung has withdrawn its request for an injunction on Apple products in Europe

Samsung has withdrawn its request for an injunction on Apple products in Europe.

While the company’s lawsuits over patents remain in place, the company has withdrawn its request for a product sales ban against Apple products

“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," Samsung said.

"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."

This morning, a judge in the US denied Apple’s request to ban sales of Samsung smartphones that Apple claims violated its patents.

The decision was made due to the lack of evidence to prove the infringed patents had hurt Apple's US sales.

Earlier this year, Samsung lost a high-profile court battle over patents which led to a $12bn loss in market value for Samsung as investors withdrew support. Samsung was also ordered to pay $1bn damages to Apple.

“It’s frustrating to see technology companies building war chests of patents over the past few years, rather than spending money on research and development,” said Rob Bamforth, principal analyst, at Quocirca.

“There is a need to protect intellectual property when companies have been investing in research and development. That seems fair," he added.

"But this artificial model of going after other companies and acquiring runts of failed companies in order to get patents is used as an aggressive tool in the fight against competitors. It’s good to use patents as a protective tool, but not an aggressive one.”

Bamforth said that the on-going patent wars may be starting to irritate the courts and that this may explain why, after this morning’s news, Samsung has decided to pull out its request for an injunction.

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