Apple says Samsung should halt US litigation after withdrawing EU complaints

in General Discussion edited January 2014
In a response filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission on Wednesday, Apple accuses Samsung of filing a motion to strike to avoid "inconvenient facts" regarding company's conflicting decisions to withdraw SEP-related litigation in Europe but continue pursuit of identical claims in America.


In its filing, an opposition to Samsung's motion to strike new facts in the parties' ongoing ITC case, Apple takes the opportunity to point out "highly inconvenient facts" surrounding the South Korean company's recent withdrawal of EU import ban requests.

As noted by FOSS Patent's Florian Mueller, it appears that Samsung's willingness to connect SEP injunction litigation with consumer interest has ensnarled the firm's forward progress in its international legal battle against Apple.

Samsung in December dropped injunction applications against Apple products in five EU countries, with the move coming ahead of a potential European Commission antitrust investigation involving alleged misuse of declared standard-essential patents.

At the time, Samsung issued the following statement:
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.
Days after pulling the sales ban requests, the Commission officially charged Samsung with a formal antitrust complaint alleging the tech giant abused its dominant market position in legal disputes against Apple. Going further, the body stated that because Apple "has shown itself to be willing to negotiate a FRAND licence for the SEPs, then recourse to injunctions harms competition.?

For its part, Samsung said it had no choice but to initiate legal action as Apple was unwilling to negotiate licensing under Fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms.

As for the Wednesday filing, Apple directly questions Samsung's seemingly conflicting legal policy as it stands in the U.S. and in Europe:
Simply put, Samsung's pursuit of exclusionary relief on declared-essential patents in this investigation is equally as harmful to American consumers as Samsung's pursuit of injunctions on declared-essential patents in Europe was harmful to European consumers. Having withdrawn its injunction requests in Europe, Samsung should now withdraw its exclusion-order request here. If it does not, Apple respectfully submits that the Commission should give the new facts set out in Apple's Notice due consideration as the Commission adjudicates the issues under review and the public interest.
The ITC will review Apple's opposition and offer a ruling on Samsung's motion to strike.


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    gazoobeegazoobee Posts: 3,754member
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    emig647emig647 Posts: 2,408member

    Completely agree. Even though they are different countries with different laws, the whole attack from Samsung is laughable.


    I wish these lawsuits would perish. 

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    Samsung is really getting themselves into a mess here.


    First they're suing Apple and demanding higher royalty rates while also being sued by Ericsson and claiming Ericsson is asking too much.


    Then they drop the SEP portion of their lawsuits in Europe while trying to enforce them in the US.


    Samsung, make up your mind.

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    Samsung's public comments to the EU was to try to save face, and now it backfires in the US. Likewise Apple should have postponed their HTC settlement until their summer 2012 Samsung trial was finished.

    Anyway, it does make Samsung look stupid for even trying to bring injunctions in the EU where now they admit it hurts consumers. Worst public statement of 2012. Were all the big whigs celebrating the holidays and the interns were making public statements?
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    kr00kr00 Posts: 99member
    Oh! what a tangled web we weave
    When first we practice to deceive!
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    kdarlingkdarling Posts: 1,640member


    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

    The ITC will review Apple's opposition and offer a ruling on Samsung's motion to strike.


    This should be interesting.   The ITC is being asked to rule against their source of power.


    Unlike Federal Courts, the ITC has only one real weapon in its arsenal :  the power to stop imports.  


    The ITC has shown many times that they're quite willing to use that power.   For example, back in 2007 the ITC stopped all imports of phones containing Qualcomm chips that violated a Broadcom patent.    This meant that CDMA carriers would shortly no longer have any phones to sell.   After an appeal to the President of the US failed, Verizon themselves ended up paying Broadcom their $6 per device royalty fee just to get the offending phones imported.


    So on the one hand, we have the ITC, who has recently reiterated that injunctions are a valid tactic,  On the other hand, there's the FTC, who has asked that injunctions on popular items be avoided.

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