Samsung Drops Charges Against Apple In Europe

Looks like happy days are here again. The days when all the big players in the smartphone industry come together for the interest of the consumers like you and me. Samsung has unilaterally decided to drop all patent suits against Apple in Europe. The countries involved are Germany, UK, Netherlands, Italy and France.

Samsung says and we quote:

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. 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.

It will be noted that Samsung recently became the number one mobile phone manufacturer taking that position from Nokia whose fortune continues to nosedive. Could it be a decision made after feeling very confident about their leadership? Or perhaps it was done in response to the US court decision not to ban the sales of some 26 Samsung products in the US? There are speculations also that Apple and Samsung might have reached some form of agreement. Though this is not proven.

It will be recalled that all these patent wars started about 2 years ago. Whatever Samsung’s motives are, we feel this is a welcome development as it would make room for development and progress in the mobile phone industry.

What’s your take on this? Should Apple show some human face and respond with like gestures?

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