• Samsung Offers to Put an End to its Mobile Patent Wars



    Samsung has offered to put a halt to lawsuits over standard-essential patents for a period of five years as the company seeks a détente in the ongoing antitrust case brought against it by the European Union. According to the European Commission, the South Korean electronics company has “offered to abstain from seeking injunctions for mobile SEPs (standard essential patents) for a period of five years against any company that agrees to a particular licensing framework.” If the case isn’t settled and Samsung is found guilty, the company could potentially face a fine of more than $18 billion.

    The EU argued that Samsung abused its collection of standard-essential patents, which by law must be licensed at fair and reasonable rates to any party who wishes to license them, by leveraging the patents against Apple in an attempt to ban sales of iOS devices across Europe. The South Korean electronics company was formally charged in the case last December. According to the European Commission for Competition, Joaquin Almunia:

    Intellectual property rights are an important cornerstone of the single market. However, such rights should not be misused when they are essential to implement industry standards.
    In the recent statement, Almunia painted a victory for the EU in the antitrust case as a boon for consumers. He added that the standard-essential patent “abuses must be prevented so that standard-setting works properly and consumers do not have to suffer negative consequences from the so-called patent wars. If we reach a good solution in this case, it will bring clarity to the industry."

    For those of you who didn’t know, Samsung has been fighting an uphill legal battle as of late. In the month of October alone, the company has suffered an import ban on several models of handsets that violate Apple patents and been accused of inappropriately misusing confidential information obtained as part of the landmark Apple vs. Samsung trial that resulted in a $1.05 billion verdict.

    Source: BBC
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Samsung Offers to Put an End to its Mobile Patent Wars started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      Now that they are in a losing slump all of a sudden it seems like a good idea to play nice. Interesting.
    1. rockyseay's Avatar
      rockyseay -
      But they will still allow apple to sue for standard features. Of course. The only way this helps is if they apply this industry wide.
    1. Perceptum's Avatar
      Perceptum -
      Quote Originally Posted by luvmytj View Post
      Now that they are in a losing slump all of a sudden it seems like a good idea to play nice. Interesting.
      Every company does the same thing. The appropriate words would be "Just like everyone else".
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