Samsung Electronics said that it will drop patent claims against rival Apple in five European countries: Germany, France, the U.K., Italy and the Netherlands. The company said the move was a unilateral one, adding that it would prefer to compete in the marketplace rather than in court. U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh is weighing Apple's request for additional damages in the aftermath of its August jury verdict over Samsung. Koh this week refused to ban Samsung devices. Also, a U.S. International Trade Commission judge cleared Apple of violating Motorola Mobility's patents regarding a sensor designed to stop phones from hanging up accidentally.

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