Published on December 19, 2012 3:31 PM

Samsung Ends Patent War With Apple

But the battle rages on...

Apple vs Samsung
In the midst of an ongoing patent war, Samsung has withdrawn its requests to bar Apple from selling products in Europe, preferring to duke it out on the market.

According to AFP, Samsung does not intend to pursue its lawsuits against Apple, at least in Europe. The Korean electronics giant has stated, "We strongly believe it is better when companies compete fairly in the marketplace, rather than in court."

The move applies to the major European markets, the UK, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands, but will not affect lawsuits already underway. Samsung has released no statements regarding its lawsuits on other continents yet, and we at DigitalVersus don't particularly expect any changes in those markets any time soon.

U-turn notwithstanding, Samsung is currently—and will remain—under investigation for patent infringement by the European Commission. Besides, the mere fact that this supposed act of inter-corporate altruism is not worldwide reeks of extrajudicial strategy.