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.