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