Samsung Banned From Selling 61 Smartphone Models In This Country: But Why?
Russia has banned Samsung Electronics from importing and selling 61 models of smartphones in the country.
The ban was imposed over an intellectual property lawsuit pertaining to its Samsung Pay system.
Samsung Copied Payment System?
The lawsuit filed by Switzerland-based company SQWIN SA alleged that Samsung Pay ripped off its electronic payment system patent registered in Russia.
The patent was registered nearly eight years ago, whereas Samsung introduced its payment system in 2015.
It expanded it to Russia toward the end of 2016.
Samsung Pay is the third most popular contactless payment system in the country (17%), preceded by Apple Pay (30%) and Google Pay (32%).
Samsung Loses Case
The ruling could potentially encompass these manufacturers too.
Samsung responded that the case is currently on appeal.
The original court decision on July 27 ruled in SQWIN SA’s favor but did not name the specific models Samsung was barred from selling.
SQWIN SA’s claim was upheld since the case materials confirmed violation of its exclusive rights to the invention.
But the latest ruling made the clarification and said that it could be appealed within one month of its adoption.
Some of the models covered under the ban include:
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
- Samsung Galaxy Fold
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
- Samsung Galaxy S21
- Samsung Galaxy S21+
- Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
- Samsung Galaxy S20
- Samsung Galaxy S20+
- Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
- Samsung Galaxy S10e
- Samsung Galaxy S10
- Samsung Galaxy S10+
- Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite
- Samsung Galaxy S9
- Samsung Galaxy S9+
- Samsung Galaxy S8