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December 19, 2012

Samsung retracts attempt to ban sales of Apple products in Europe

The firms have been involved in patent wars in at least 10 countries for the last 18 months

By CBR Staff Writer

Samsung has withdrawn its bid to ban sales of US based Apple’s devices in Europe.

Samsung said in a statement that the firm remains committed to licensing its technologies on "fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms," and believes it is better to 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," the statement said.

The South Korean firm has confirmed its plans to drop an attempt to halt the sale of some Apple products in Germany, Britain, France, Italy and the Netherlands where it was involved in court disputes with the iPhone maker.

The two technology giants have been involved in patent wars in at least 10 countries for the last 18 months, when Apple filed cases against Samsung alleging the South Korean firm copyied its iPhone and iPad design in its Galaxy range of devices.

Samsung had, however, countersued iPhone maker’s prosecution.

In August 2012, Apple received about $1.05bn in damages from Samsung after a US jury found South Korean firm had copied important features of the iPhone and iPad.

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