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Moscow court decides Samsung can keep selling smartphones in Russia


Last updated: February 1st, 2022 at 17:33 UTC+02:00

Samsung can rest easy knowing that its mobile business in Russia won’t be brought to its knees by a recent lawsuit. Last October, Swiss company SQWIN SA filed a lawsuit against Samsung in Russia in an attempt to ban the company from selling its products in the country and ultimately earn a profit off of licensing agreements. But the Moscow Arbitration Court recently dismissed the claims against Samsung, and the company can now continue selling its phones in Russia unhindered.

SQWIN SA initially claimed that Samsung — more specifically Samsung Pay — infringed on a patent for electronic payment systems filed in Russia. The company filed the lawsuit in October, and a Russian court virtually banned Samsung from importing and selling 61 smartphone models in the country.

In essence, every Galaxy smartphone that supports Samsung Pay was technically eligible for the nation-wide ban. Fortunately for Samsung, the company had the option to appeal the decision. And yesterday — on January 31 — the Moscow Arbitration Court dismissed SQWIN SA’s claim and ruled that the company failed to demonstrate that Samsung acted in bad faith.

According to a Samsung legal representative cited by Lawer Monthly, SQWIN SA was unable to provide enough evidence to demonstrate in court that it had tried to monetize the technology described in its patent.

In other words, this was another failed patent troll attempt, and the good news is that Samsung can continue selling phones in Russia without its mobile business facing extinction.

Meanwhile, Samsung customers can continue buying new phones and use the online payment platform unhindered, in public transportation or otherwise. In case you missed the news, Samsung Pay and Mosmetro released the virtual Troika transit card in mid-December.

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