Europe Opens Antitrust Investigation into Samsung Patents

Tuesday Jan 31st 2012 by Staff

The European Commission will consider whether standards-essential patents "distort competition."

ZDNet: The European Commission has announced a formal investigation into Samsung's patent enforcement efforts. Specifically, the Commission will consider whether enforcing standards-essential patents "distorts competition" in the smartphone and mobile device markets. Samsung had previously promised the group that it would license the patents in question on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms, but it later sought sales injunctions related to those patents.

In separate news, a German appeals court upheld a sales ban on the Samsung Galaxy 10.1 tablets. The court found that the Samsung device violated Apple's intellectual property rights. However, for now, Samsung is allowed to sell a redesigned version, the Galaxy 10.1N, in Germany.

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