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Samsung drops 3G patent attacks on Apple, tries new lawsuit

updated 08:45 am EST, Fri December 16, 2011

Samsung decides 3G lawsuit strategy not working

Samsung has switched up its attempts to countersue Apple, according to reports from the key battleground court in Mannheim, Germany. The Korean firm was said by Florian Mueller to have given up its failed attempts to sue Apple over 3G standards. It now accepts Apple's point of view that the 3G license was already covered by paying for the Qualcomm chip in devices like the iPhone 4S, although it didn't waive the right to leverage 3G patents again.

Dropping the Qualcomm challenge was mostly to streamline a case, Samsung claimed. More likely, the withdrawal was coming after Samsung saw attempts to use 3G as a legal weapon fail in the Netherlands and in France, setting precedents that could hand Apple wins in other countries with similar laws.

The company refused to step down, however, and instead sued Apple again over four patents. Two of these were based on standards while two weren't restricted. The last two are more likely to hold as the first two might be subject to FRAND (fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory) conditions. Their exact nature isn't yet clear.

Samsung has usually been on the receiving end of legal penalties in Germany, having not only faced a preliminary ban on Galaxy Tab models in the country but a ban on the attempted patent-safe redesign of the Tab 10.1.

by MacNN Staff



  1. ElectroTech

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Boycott Samsung

    Don't buy any Samsung products and dissuade your friends from buying too.

  1. slapppy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    They wil win

    Samsung will win anyway. The momentum is theirs. The courts seems to favor Asian cloners, IP violators and low cost, low margin, subpar product manufacturers.

  1. mytdave

    Joined: Dec 1969


    step in right direction?

    At the outset, this seems like a positive development. But they could be just trying to regroup for a different attack vector. Samsung needs to lose, if IP is going to be considered to have any value in the world economy...

    By all means, Samsung, make yourself a smartphone, but if you'd stop going out of your way to directly rip off Apple's hardware designs and UI, then maybe the money wasting lawsuits would go away, ya think?

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