“Samsung Electronics Co. will withdraw patent lawsuits seeking to block sales of Apple Inc. (AAPL) products as part of litigation over the use of its technology in European countries, the company said today,” Aoife White reports for Bloomberg.

“‘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,’ the Suwon, South Korea-based company said in an e-mailed statement today,” White reports. “The decision on European lawsuits comes hours after a U.S. court ruled it wouldn’t ban sales of 26 Samsung products in a patent lawsuit.”

White reports, “Samsung will unilaterally withdraw its request for injunctions against Apple in Germany, U.K., France, Italy and Netherlands, a senior official at the company said. The company will continue litigation that seek damages in intellectual property disputes. Some of the cases involve Samsung’s claims that Apple infringed its patents over so-called standard-essential technology for wireless communications, the person said. Such patents are selected as an industry standard that must usually be licensed on fair terms… Apple in August won a California court victory awarding it more than $1.05 billion in damages when jurors found that Samsung infringed six of seven patents.”

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MacDailyNews Take: So, in Europe, at least, Samsung has decided to stop their rampant and ultimately losing strategy of abusing FRAND in bids for injunctions (and as weak covers for their rampant theft of Apple’s design patents and trade dress), but they’ll still keep suing Apple over standard-essential patent royalties. Whoop-de-do.

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