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

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.

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



13. dragonscourgex

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

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

11. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 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

12. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 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.

9. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

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

10. sarb009

Posts: 322; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Bcoz money talks

7. ryq24

Posts: 877; Member since: Oct 17, 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.

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

6. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

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

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

3. reyenrique

Posts: 99; Member since: Oct 07, 2012

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

2. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

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

1. D.Aceveda

Posts: 456; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Take a walk EU

5. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

More like take a dive into the pacific EU!

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