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EU planning anti-trust case against Samsung; Apple appeals Koh's ruling on a sales ban

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EU planning anti-trust case against Samsung; Apple appeals Koh's ruling on a sales ban
Samsung's shares have dropped more than 4% on Friday morning in Seoul, the largest decline in four months, following news that the EU plans on filing an anti-trust complaint against the Korean based manufacturer. According to the EU, it is investigating whether Samsung failed to license its standards-essential patents at a reasonable price to its competitors, something that the company is supposed to do under terms of the FRAND regulations that have been agreed to by the mobile phone industry.

Jury foreman Velvin Hogan

Jury foreman Velvin Hogan

Earlier this week, Samsung agreed to withdraw its request for the banning in the EU of certain Apple models, but EU’s competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia said that he will continue to investigate whether Samsung's threat of legal action harmed others in the industry. Samsung said that it is fully cooperating with the EU. For the "interest of protecting consumer choice," Samsung dropped its request for a permanent injunction on Apple devices in Germany, U.K., France, Italy and the Netherlands.

Meanwhile, Apple has filed with the U.S. Federal Appeals Court in Washington, seeking a review of the ruling made by Judge Lucy Koh last week. In her ruling, the judge refused to order a permanent ban in the U.S. against certain Samsung devices that the jury found were infringing on Apple patents. Koh said that Apple failed to prove that the technology allegedly stolen by Samsung from Apple was driving sales of those same Samsung devices. The same day, Judge Koh refused Samsung's request for a new trial based on the actions of jury foreman Velvin Hogan. A Samsung spokesman in Seoul, Nam Ki Yung, had no comment on the story.

source: Bloomberg

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posted on 21 Dec 2012, 03:09 7

1. D.Aceveda (Posts: 396; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)

Take a walk EU

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 04:20

5. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

More like take a dive into the pacific EU!

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 04:09 8

2. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

EU has always been strange at decision making. But anyway with Apple money, EU can pay its debt.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 04:10 5

3. reyenrique (Posts: 99; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)

l agree... take a long walk EU BUT A LONG WALK OK

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 04:10 8

4. joey_sfb (Posts: 6608; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

Anyone surprised that apple is appealing even when their core patents has just been invalidated? Bring it on, life would be boring without apple constant stream of negative publicity.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 05:02

6. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

I think EU may be right here.....not totally sure but well see how it goes

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 05:16 3

7. ryq24 (Posts: 772; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

samsung have been caught before in lcd screen price fixing. so this is not a surprise. they have so much cash right now they can afford to pay all the fines that are or will be impose against them.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 05:21 1

8. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

while that may be true, i dont think its about whether they can "cover" they're dirt because they have the cash to do so........but more so about justice being served to even the "smallest" of errors.... because if you let the small things go then you will allow people to feel as if they can get away with big things as well

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 06:07 2

9. lubba (Posts: 1313; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

I don't understand why they're not going after Apple!

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 07:01

10. sarb009 (Posts: 316; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

Bcoz money talks

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 07:33 2

11. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

EU went against M$'s Internet Explorer to give a push to dying Opera. So who knows this could just be something with Nokia in mind ... conspiracy theory :D

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 11:26 2

12. roscuthiii (Posts: 2241; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

Hadn't even thought of that... I could see the EU cater to Nokia the same way the US caters to Apple, and South Korea caters to Samsung.

I do think Samsung screwed up and overstepped their bounds, but that's a conspiracy theory banner that just might have a pole with a good foundation.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 14:51

13. dragonscourgex (Posts: 307; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)

So, Samsung drop their attempt to ban Apple products, and Apple respond by putting their attempts at banning Samsung products into overdrive.

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