The patent wars between Apple and Samsung that have stretched throughout 2012 appear to be abating, after the Korean manufacturer said it would withdraw lawsuits in Europe against its smartphone rival.
Samsung said it would withdraw patent lawsuits seeking to block the sale of Apple products in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. The manufacturer said it was doing so 'in the interest of protecting consumer choice', according to Bloomberg. It said: 'We strongly believe it is better when companies compete fairly in the marketplace, rather than in court.'
Samsung and Apple have been fighting in numerous courtrooms around the world, in a bid to stop the sale of its rival's products. In California yesterday, a judge rejected Apple's attempts to have 26 Samsung products pulled from sale. In August, as part of the same case, Apple was awarded $1.05bn in damages.
Most of the cases Samsung is withdrawing from relate to claims Apple infringed specific technology for wireless communications.
Author: Graeme Neill