Samsung announces it will drop injunction requests against Apple in European countries

On the same day that Samsung received mixed news regarding the Apple v Samsung fight here in the U.S., the company announced they are dropping their requests for injunctions barring sales of Apple products in several European countries. In courtrooms in the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, and the Netherlands, Samsung is withdrawing requests for injunctions “in the interest of protecting consumer choice.” That statements sounds like Samsung has decided to start walking the walk and not just talking the talk when it comes to letting the market, and not the courts, decide which technologies will prevail with consumers.

Samsung indicates it is still committed to licensing its technologies. The company is not dropping the lawsuits, just the attempt to enjoin sales of Apple products that may be infringing while the cases work their way through the system.

Observers of a more cynical nature may think Samsung’s action is really in response to a European Commission antitrust investigation. Samsung is alleged to be denying fair access to patents on standardized technology. This move would seem to position Samsung to be able to argue their disagreements and patent license issues are financial in nature and not an effort to stifle competition.

What do you think, is this a principle-based decision by Samsung, some holiday spirit, or a calculated move to avoid potential antitrust repurcussions?

source: The Next Web

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Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina and possesses the CAPM credential from PMI. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, and an LG G3 along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his wife and kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active in his church, a local MINI Cooper car club, and his daughter's soccer club. Jeff is married, has three kids, and a golden retriever.