Samsung & Apple At War Over Patent Disputes In 10 Countries


STOCKHOLM- Korea’s Samsung Electronics on Tuesday said it would drop law suits aimed at banning the sale of Apple Inc products in Europe just a day after a federal judge denied a legal request by Apple to ban US sales of Samsung smartphone models that a jury in August said illegally used Apple technology.

Samsung and Apple, the world’s top two smartphone makers, have been locked in patent disputes in at least 10 countries over the last 18 months.

On Tuesday, Samsung said it was dropping an attempt to stop the sale of some Apple products in Germany, Britain, France, Italy and the Netherlands, though it did not say it would halt its court battle for compensation. “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,” the company said in a statement.

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