Russian Court Bans Samsung Phones for Patent Violation

      October 25, 2021 13:33

      A Russian court has banned the sale of Samsung phones over a patent violation.

      The Moscow Arbitration Court last week ordered a ban on 61 Samsung phone models after finding the Samsung Pay mobile payment system infringed on a similar system patent registered in Russia by Switzerland's SQWIN.

      They include the company's hit foldable Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Flip 3 phones as well as the Galaxy S21 and J5. Samsung Pay uses near-field communication technology to enable payments by swiping mobile handsets on a screen.

      A hoarding advertises Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold 2 in Moscow, Ruassia.

      The court sided with the Swiss company in a trial in July. It did not initially specify the models but belatedly listed them when SQWIN lodged a protest. Samsung has appealed.

      SQWIN argued that Samsung Pay infringes on technology used in signal exchanges between phones and credit card companies.

      If the ban is upheld, Samsung could lose its No. 1 position in the global market because Russia makes up such a large slice of it.

      "It was just the first ruling and an appeal is under way, so our phones have not yet been banned in Russia," a Samsung staffer said. "It's rare for a court to issue a sales ban in a patent-infringement case, but we believe we will be able to appeal successfully." 

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