Apple and Samsung patent wars being investigated by the EU for antitrust violations

Apple and Samsung patent wars being investigated by the EU for antitrust violations
Apple and Samsung have been engaged in an epic patent battle on European soil. With more than 20 lawsuits in 10 different countries, EU regulators are becoming concerned that both sides may be stifling competition in the mobile sector.

EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia indicated that questions had been sent to both companies earlier this month, but the EU was still waiting on responses before deciding what course of action to pursue. Almunia said that abusing standards (as Samsung is accused of) and patents (as Apple has done) to ban products can be a “distortion of competition”.

Almunia acknowledged that Samsung and Apple were hardly the only examples of intellectual property abuse, but the feeling is that these lawsuits may have a chilling impact not just on the companies involved, but may act as a deterrent to other companies that would like to enter the market.

The EU isn’t making idle threats; the European Commission can fine companies up to 10% of their annual worldwide revenue if they find companies are engaging in anti-competitive behavior. For companies the size of Apple or Samsung, you’d be looking at several billion dollars each.

Could this be the external jolt that Apple and Samsung need to stop competing in the court room and get back to competing in the open market? We can hope so. If not they may get a second, pricier jolt in the year ahead.

source: Reuters via Engadget

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24 Comments

1. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

lets hope this stops these ridiculous patents battles.

2. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Hopefully, this will put an end to it all!

3. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Europe +1

4. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Some may call my comments junk, me I call them treasures. ^^

10. TheMegaDinesen

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

skyrim reference??

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

wow the EU is finally doing something RIGHT! lets end this BS for good so we can all just get back to having fun. lol, tacohunter, spending some time in Belethor's General Goods in Whiterun I see.. lol :)

7. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Oh nice finally someone that noticed skyrim in my comment. Almost everyone says this if you hit "what have you got for sale". Or the skyforge in whiterun says "Gods be praised". Court wizards: Sometimes say "ah, you wish to master the arcane arts" or "spells and incantations for those with the talent to cast them." lol, remix explore skyrim more, it's huge!!! (also Oblivion)

12. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lol, im a big elder scrolls fan/player. i probably easily put north of 100 hrs in oblivion and 200hrs into Morrowind. I play between rounds of studys/tests/work/family/clinicals/sleep... what sleep. :) somehow ive still made it to level 22 already, which i didnt think i'd see for a while. right now i only have one house, and i bet u can guess where it is. :) Im the guy that actually reads a good chunk of those books in the game. That and im neurotic about my house.. lol. in morrowind i probably spent 10+ hrs arranging skeleton bones and armor pieces to make it look like there were dead people in my manor. why? dunno.. it was fun. :)

14. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Althought I'm also a huge elder scrolls fan, I haven't played morrowind. A friend of me, played morowind alot, but he says it's kind of harder then oblivion and skyrim. Breezehome, whiterun, mine is already fully decorated. And I've made it till lvl 20 now. A bit off-topic but still fun :)

18. SGSatlantis

Posts: 227; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

lvl30 here, the secret is smithing all the time:)

24. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

yes, morrowwind was much more complicated (as in it had options for everything), but that was also its beauty. the complilcation allowed you to do more. Its the game that really started the whole first person RPG craze. Grab the PC version.. its probably like 5-10 bux for GotY edition with the expansions. you wont regret it. There are tons of neat mods out for it. :) Skyrim is great but compared to its older siblings its very streamlined to allow less advanced players play. Good n bad, like everything. :) Being able to pick it up and just go explore is definately a good thing.. lol. Im going for a second home in that dwarf city..M..something or another... lol

6. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

Expect nothing from Europe. I live in europe. They have no power. They are just voghons. Anyway the world is big enough for iphones and android. Customers choose. We don't care of their lawsuits games.

11. -RVM-

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Actually they control the biggest smartphone market in the world.

17. tomast

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

i think that's China

22. -RVM-

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

http://www.phonearena.com/news/China-becomes-the-worlds-biggest-smartphone-market-in-Q3-outgrows-the-US_id24000 They didn't compare China to EU as a whole, but to a separate countries like USA, Germany, France...

8. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Hopefully this could stifle both companies lawsuits in the long run. . .

9. blade19

Posts: 65; Member since: Apr 29, 2011

It could be also a way for the EU to bail themselves out of a hole... As the article mentioned in the last paragraph. Each company making billions and the EU could fine them up to 10%... IF found in violation. EU may just want a cut... just saying...

13. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Finally, jesus.

15. rob5150

Posts: 183; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Blade19... Awesome thought on eu\'s way to bail themselves out of bankruptcy. Brilliant

16. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

its about time...

19. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

yeah end this stupid court war and make it SGS III vs iphone5 .. but honestly now apple is too afraid of competing against SAMMY in open market

20. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

till then we can enjoy iphoneporn4s.com, iphonesex4s.com, iphonexxforce.com... but wait... apple might sue you for watching i-shit on these sites lol

21. cncrim

Posts: 1586; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Hope all this patent war stop with new law.

23. kamen

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 18, 2011

OK, take A+S 10%. That will cool them off. Just don't give the money to Greece :)

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