LT Panel
RT Panel
Just Visiting
Tuesday | October 23, 2018
Popular Review Links:
EU probes Samsung patent ‘abuse’

EU probes Samsung patent ‘abuse’

Samsung’s patent deals are being looked into by the European Commission.

Competition regulators are investigating whether the firm used some of its intellectual property rights to “distort competition in European mobile device markets”.

The commission says it wants to know if Samsung has failed to live up to a commitment to license key technologies to rivals.

The action comes as the company is involved in patent battles with Apple.

A statement by the South Korean firm said: “Samsung Electronics has not received any formal notice and is unable to discuss the matter at this time.”

The inquiry centres on Frand commitments – a promise by industry players to license innovations that are essential to an industry standard on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms.

This means that the owner cannot discriminate who gets to use its invention and that its fee cannot be excessive.

The commission notes that in 1998 Samsung offered an “irrevocable commitment” to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute to respect Frand terms.

But the regulator says that: “In 2011, Samsung sought injunctive relief in various member states against competing mobile device makers based on alleged infringements of certain of its patent rights which it has declared essential to implement European telephony standards.”

Read More/Source: BBC News

About Author


It appears you have AdBlocking activated

Unfortunately AdBlockers interfere with the shopping cart process

To continue with the payment process can we ask you to

deactivate your AdBlocking plugin

or to whitelist this site. Then refresh the page

We thank you for your understanding

Hardwareheaven respect you right to employ plugins such as AdBlocker.
We would however ask you to consider whitelisting this site
We do not allow intrusive advertising and all our sponsors supply items
relevant to the content on the site.

Hardwareheaven Webmaster