Samsung has withdrawn injunction requests against Apple all over Europe today. This includes the UK, Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands. While we don’t doubt there are other factors in play, Samsung claims that it made this decision “in the interest of protecting consumer choice.” They also say that it “remains committed to licensing [its] technologies on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms.” We can only assume that either someone at Samsung realized that they can’t win injunctions with their standard essential patents, or Samsung and Apple came to some sort of agreements. After Apple and HTC came to an agreement, this wouldn’t be all that of a surprising move. But there is a lot standing in the way of that. Either way, it’s nice to see a little more peace.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that Samsung or Apple have dropped any lawsuits. Maybe this will help Samsung avoid injunctions itself, but the details are unknown. We’ll see, but what do you guys think of Samsung dropping the injunction requests? Tell us in the comments!