Samsung’s quest to block Apple’s iPhone 4S sales has come to a halt in Italy where a Judge ruled the new iPhone didn’t infringe Samsung’s patents to a degree that warrants an injunction.
Samsung has been arguing Apple’s iPhone 4S uses 3G in a way that violates two of its patents. Apple has been hard on the offensive, claiming its chipset acquisitions cover the patents and that a vital standard can’t be the focus of litigation if the deal offered is unfair.
In a similar case taking place in the Netherlands, the trial was thrown out of court as local law prevents a manufacturer from grossly charging an excessive rate. Apple claimed Samsung wanted 2.4 per cent for every chip sold, and considering the iPhone 4S is one of the highest selling phones, that’s a sizeable amount.
The Japanese company has been fighting Apple around the globe, with electronista claiming cases dealing with an iPhone 4S ban also occurring in France, Japan and Australia.
In a string of legal qualms between the two companies, Samsung has been on the losing end, having to redesign its products in several countries so they can go on sale, and strip them from shelves in others.
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In Australia, sale of Samsung’s Galaxy 10.1 tablet was stopped after Apple won a preliminary injunction, and ever since Samsung have been aggressively trying to settle the score.