Samsung, the Korean consumer electronics juggernaut, has decided to drop its injunction charges against Apple in Europe. These injunction charges were put against Apple after the Cupertino corporation declared that Samsung was abusing their wireless patents to make the wireless industry more difficult to compete in. Both the EU and the Korean court system are in the midst of investigating these allegations.
Samsung released the following press release:
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.
Obviously, the statement is very pro-Samsung, though it is nice to see the company acting more maturely with its legal arm. Both Apple and Samsung have been more cool-headed with their legal actions against each other since Apple’s victory over Samsung in the US.
Of course, some attribute to this apparent makeup to Tim Cook being in charge of Apple. Tim Cook is famous for being cool-headed, which flies in the face of the image of Steve Jobs as impulsive and easily offended.