European Commission has started an investigation on Samsung's use of FRAND licenses in its lawsuits
0. phoneArena 04 Nov 2011, 09:13 posted on
The European Commission has started an investigation into Samsung's FRAND licensing procedures now, although it says these are standard antitrust checkups, not taking a side in the ongoing feud between Apple and Samsung...
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1. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)
Samsung counter attack on Apple is going to hurt it business and relationship with Apple.
2. android_hitman (unregistered)
this is just incredible! imagine what apple would have done if they had these patents...
they would charge everyone for money!!! and now that samsung has the upper card, apple asks for FRAND? this is LAME! apple really sucks
5. sinple (Posts: 130; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)
if apple had these patents, everybody can only create 2g phone as all 3g and above phones would be banned
4. jamrockjones (Posts: 345; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
Apple is retarded! They're suing every manufacturer who makes their hardware! Apple doesn't even make their own parts. What happens when they sue everyone and no one wants to work with them anymore, then what do they do! They're stupid.
9. gallitoking (Posts: 4718; Member since: 17 May 2011)
clearly you are not a business man... money talks... and Apple has plenty of it...
10. superguy (Posts: 293; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
Which is why Apple refuses to negotiate.
If anyone should be investigated for fair and reasonable licensing rates, it's Apple. Jobs himself said it wasn't about money and he didn't want it.
6. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)
Apple can spend all his money just to kill android and they will continue until the death of android or the death of apple
7. cncrim (Posts: 808; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)
Well, apple is greed if she just sue for compensation then nothing could happen instead she went way over boudery and banned the competitor and they didnt long term consequence that Apple was not the first phone phone maker.
8. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
This article is totally biased. Here's the title of the linked article. These are not standard check ups. It's an anti trust investigation. There's nothing standard. Samsung is about to get smacked down for its anti competitive practices.
Daniel P you have totally misrepresented this article.
"European Commission investigating Samsung over possible abuse of FRAND patents against Apple"
"Samsung wasn't too likely to win any injunctions based on those 3G patents anyway. But the mere fact that there's this antitrust investigation going on will make any injunctions based on Samsung's 3G patents even less likely, in the EU and elsewhere."
11. superguy (Posts: 293; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
Apple should be investigated for the same thing considering its business practices. But of course, your bias ignores that too.
12. ibap (Posts: 753; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)
And of course FRAND doesn't apply to Apple, does it?
14. Firedrops (Posts: 249; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)
Nope, it doesn't. Apple can patent all rectangular objects with a screen on it, all software which arranges thumbnails in grid fashion, and all horizontal movements which will lead to further access being granted, and it's all cool with the EU
13. Penny (Posts: 1647; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
Hmm, so Apple asks others for fair licensing fees, and Apple itself offers...no fees, just bans.
It may not be illegal, but it is certainly hypocritical. Gotta give them points for shamelessness.
15. stealthd (unregistered)
It's actually not even remotely hypocritical. Samsung agreed for their 3G technology patents to become standards and to follow FRAND rules. Apple patented hardware and software features which are not standards and do not keep anyone from making smartphones and tablets, and has no obligation to license them to anyone.