The Moscow Arbitration Court has banned Samsung from selling 61 models of smartphones in Russia. This is stated in the operative part of the additional decision on the claim of the Swiss Sqwin SA, made public October 21. The document contains a closed list of devices, the import and sale of which is prohibited. The list, in particular, includes the Samsung Galaxy J5 released back in 2017, as well as the latest Samsung Galaxy Z Flip and Samsung Galaxy Fold models.
That the Moscow Arbitration Court satisfied the claim of Sqwin SA against Samsung Electronics Rus Company and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd., wrote in July the newspaper “Kommersant”. The court concluded that Samsung Pay uses technologies from the Russian patent of Sqwin SA, and banned the operation of the payment service, as well as the import of devices with its support into the country. The specific models of smartphones that are prohibited from being imported into Russia were not named in the decision at that time.
The patent in question describes the invention as a method for “making an online payment using a buyer’s mobile device and a merchant’s cash register system.”
The patent application was approved in Russia on December 2, 2013. The author of the invention is named Viktor Gulchenko, who lives in Switzerland, notes RIA Novosti.
Samsung Pay was launched in August 2015, and appeared in Russia a year later. According to the National Agency for Financial Research, the payment service in March 2021 ranked third in popularity in Russia. It is used by 17% of Russians, while Google Pay and Apple Pay are used by 32 and 30%, respectively.
Apple Pay and Google Pay are also under threat of ban in a court case, because their technologies have features similar to those indicated in the patent, leads The Bell opinion of the senior partner of the law firm Versus.legal Alexandra Kurdyumova.