Sorry Mr. Gee-Sung! Apple has won the case in France.
When Samsung CEO Choi Gee-Sung has announced the plan to use US $200 million, only to fight against Apple in courts, he had bragged about the Samsung’s little victory in Australia where the ban on the sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 had been lifted. He said that victory for Samsung in France would be a big setback for Apple.
However, the lawsuit seeking ban on the sales of iPhone 4S in France has been dismissed by Judge Marie-Christine Courboulay denying victory to Samsung. A similar lawsuit against Apple in Italy has also been dismissed.
Apple and Samsung have filed lawsuits and counter-lawsuits against each other in many countries. This all started when the ban on the sales of Galaxy Tab were banned in Australia after the court agreed with Apple’s allegation that the design of Galaxy Tab had been copied from iPad. The ban had been lifted in late November 2011 but Apple got an extension according to which the ban had been extended till 9 December 2011. Samsung approached various courts, seeking a ban on various Apple products, including iPhone 4S. The appeals were rejected. Though Apple was victories in most of the cases with most European courts rejecting pleas from Samsung, Samsung did score some victories.
However in USA, Apple’s lawsuit against Samsung, seeking a ban on the sales of Galaxy Tab had been dismissed.
Judge Courboulay in France has ruled that Samsung should pay Apple, its legal fee of 100,000 Euros (US $133,900).
It remains to be seen how this even would influence the lawsuit in Australian court from Samsung which seeks ban on the sales of iPhone 4S in Australia. The case is expected to come up for hearing in March 2012.