RIA Novosti news publication today, October 21, reported that the Moscow Arbitration Court ruled to ban the import, sale and storage of 61 models of Samsung smartphones in Russia – this ban applies to the Korean company Samsung Electronics and its subsidiary LLC Samsung Electronics Rus Company “. The list of banned models is really impressive – it includes representatives of the middle class like the Samsung Galaxy J5, which was introduced back in 2017, as well as the latest flagship folding smartphones Samsung Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy Fold.
The fact is that back in June of this year, the Swiss company Sqwin SA filed a lawsuit against Samsung Electronics, demanding to ban the sale in Russia of all devices that support the Samsung Pay payment service. The company representatives stated that this technology infringes their patent in the field of payment system technologies, with which the Moscow Arbitration Court fully agreed. But then, when the ban was imposed, a specific list of devices that use Samsung Pay and should be subject to a ban on import, sale and storage in Russia was not compiled. Accordingly, at the end of August, the plaintiff filed a re-application for the court to fully satisfy the requirements of Sqwin SA.
Two days ago, on October 19, an additional decision was made with a complete list of prohibited models using Samsung Rau and violating the patent – there are 61 smartphones in total. However, Samsung, which is not surprising, does not agree with this decision – the decision of the first instance has already been appealed by the Korean manufacturer and has not yet entered into force. Probably, if Samsung cannot successfully appeal this court decision, the smartphones of the Korean brand in Russia will not be sold, or they will go on sale without the Samsung Pay payment system, so as not to violate the patent.