“France’s Tribunal de Grande Instance decided Thursday that it would rule on Samsung’s request for a local preliminary ban on the iPhone 4S on December 8,” Electronista reports.

“Samsung as expected argued that Apple’s newer hardware violated its three 3G patents, but faced an increased defense from Apple,” Electronista reports. “The American firm not only claimed Samsung was abusing standards-based patents but pointed to the European Commission’s investigation of Samsung, claiming that its attempt to sue across Europe had been ‘so violent’ that the EC had felt compelled to start an inquiry.”

Electronista reports, “Apple went on to also use a familiar defense of patent exhaustion, arguing that licenses were covered by buying the Qualcomm 3G chipset and that Samsung couldn’t charge twice. The firm showed its license agreement with Qualcomm at the hearing, although it’s not evident whether the court agreed. In a jab at Samsung’s using 3G patents only in a countersuit, it noted that the iPhone had technical compatibility with the UMTS portion of the 3G standard since 2007, showing that Samsung hadn’t actually been concerned about getting royalties.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]