Samsung Gets Thrown Out of French Court, Must Pay Apple’s Legal Bills

Samsung Gets Thrown Out of French Court, Must Pay Apple’s Legal Bills

Samsung has a hit on its hands. Unfortunately, it involves being thrown out of court — this time in France. To add insult to injury, not only did a French panel call an attempt to ban iPhone 4S sales “disproportionate,” but ordered the South Korean smartphone company to pay Apple’s legal bills.

The Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris ruled Samsung must pay 100,000 euros ($133,900) to cover Apple’s legal expenses. The ruling ends Samsung’s Oct. 5 lawsuit against Apple. The French lawsuit claimed Apple infringed on two patents covering WCDMA used for 3G. The request for a sales injunction was filed just nine days before the iPhone 4S was due to hit shelves.

The defeat is just the latest for Samsung. An Italian judge rejected an injunction against Apple, although a review of the case is set for Dec. 16.

Samsung will always have Australia, though. There, a court lifted a temporary injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1, permitting the South Korean firm to sell its tablet during the all-important holiday buying period. However, Samsung and Apple are still in several courtrooms, including the United States.

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  • Aaron

    If only we had this kind of lawsuit reform in the US… frivolous lawsuits would go away overnight.

  • Deocliciano Okssipin Vieira

    The French know that intellectual property protection is vital for their economy.
    And Samsung has a very dark past of disrespecting it.

    Are Anglo-Saxon-predominant society more prone of this type of nonsense?
    Or is it business as usual first?

  • taz89

    wonder if this fanboy site will post the fact that apple lost there appeal to keep the tab banned in australia…

  • rolandgosebruch

    “To add insult to injury, not only did a French panel call an attempt to ban iPhone 4S sales “disproportionate,” but ordered the South Korean smartphone company to pay Apple’s legal bills.”

    Why is that reported as such a big thing? Rules of procedure in most European countries have the loser pay the winner’s legal costs.

  • Pradyot Ghate

    Did you even read the full article before dismissing it as “fanboy site” and posting a hate comment? The last paragraph clearly says…

    “Samsung will always have Australia, though. There, a court lifted a
    temporary injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1, permitting the South
    Korean firm to sell its tablet during the all-important holiday buying
    period.”

  • STRIPBLUNTS

    That’s why it’s an “insult to injury” genius!! Apple didn’t sue them + their products aren’t as good! At least TRY to understand what you read! It would do your children a major service down the road!

  • rolandgosebruch

    You’re rude and seemingly not very intelligent. I understood what I read, but can’t say the same of you. Read up on rules of civil procedure before you open your mouth or touch your keyboard to comment on my comment.

    IMO it’s really not worth mentioning in a news article (esp. not with the hyperbole “to add insult to injury”) that Samsung had to pay Apple’s legal costs; that’s just the way it’s done in most European jurisdictions. Why would anyone be surprised?

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