EU probes Samsung for anti-competitive use of patents

EU probes Samsung for anti-competitive use of patents
European Union regulators have started an investigation trying to determine whether Samsung has disregarded anti-trust laws in its legal battles against competitors such as Apple. The Korean company is looking for injunctions against rival products in various European countries inlcuding the largest markets there like France.

Samsung owns some essential industry standards, and what sparked the investigation is the company’s promise to license them to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute on non-discriminatory and fair terms.

"The (European) Commission will investigate, in particular, whether in doing so (seeking injunctions on patent infringements in 2011) Samsung has failed to honor its irrevocable commitment given in 1998 to the European Telecommunications Standards," a statement from the EC said.

The goal is to determine whether Samsung was and is abusing its position in the mobile industry to fight competitors. The case will be of priority, but doesn’t pre-judge, so it’d be interesting to see how Europe rules on that.

source: Reuters



1. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Are you f**king serious, EU? You'll go after Samsung for "anti-competitive" use of its patents but not Apple?

21. stealthd unregistered

Like the courts have said, Apple isn't suing over anything necessary to make a smart phone or tablet. The same cannot be said for Samsung's counter suits. I knew this would happen btw

22. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

And that's precisely it. Apple should not be able to block production of tablets based on trivial bulls**t patents. If anyone should be winning lawsuits here, it should be Samsung, especially since Apple went after them first, and since it costs a hell of a lot more for Samsung to do the R&D for those "necessary" patents.

24. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

oh poor samsung it "costs more" and they wernt firsrt… sucks for them… they should know better than to make a device that looks exactly like an ipad… somehow asus and acer and others made ones that dont look exactly like ipads… i would rather the money come back to the united states than a foreign country anyhow

25. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

You have a rather callous attitude toward the years of research and R&D dollars that go into developing real technology versus bulls**t design decisions like "rounded rectangle." Furthermore, why be an ethnocentrist? If people in South Korea, Germany or elsewhere make a good product, it's perfectly fine that they get paid for it. It's our own damn fault that foreign companies dominate our tech, vehicle, etc. aspects of our economy.

26. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

i have a rather callous attitude towards companies like samsung who steal apple's many years of r&d… why should they be allowed to copy a design that took apple literally longer than the iphone… and i am a huge supporter of a world capitalist market and i agree, but other countries should not be allowed to disgustingly copy american achievement… so ya, I enjoy american prosperity but no i am not one of those made in america people

27. stealthd unregistered

You have a rather callous attitude towards Apple. Deal with it.

2. buggerrer

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 21, 2011


3. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

really??? really?!?!?!? wow, i wonder who was bribing politicians under the table to do this.. *cough cough apple cough cough*.. wow. hey, its ok to try to ban people on napkin drawings, but dont u dare try to use a patent to ban someone. that... that must be against the law somewhere!!! oh wait..

5. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

What you mad? Don't worry you'll forget this next week. bb

16. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

unlike most apple nuts on this site that can't seem to remember from one article to the next, I retain most of the info I read.


Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

wow really!! wth? apple has disregarded all anti-trust laws in every dang country! Why not investigate them?

6. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

EU is a useless bureaucracy dormitory it costs a lot of money and they do nothing they have no power We are fed up by theses voghons

7. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

and what are you going to do... thats what I thought... just whine...

8. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

wow what a comeback!!!... I wish I could see all of your faces... and excuses... but it it was the other way around all of you hipocrites would be applauding...

9. dahaka17

Posts: 61; Member since: Jun 08, 2010

your right we would be applauding , cause unlike apple other phone companies make devices that are not carbon copies of the one before it and acually make attempts to make better devices instead of seeing how much money they can milk out of the same device over and over again

10. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

wow.. you havent seen the HTC models..or you must have gotten up in arms when the Droid X2 came out...or the Droid RAZR Maxx.. I hear you.. but everyone does it.. ok so calm down and get some blood to your head...

11. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Shut up before you make yourself look dumber than everyone thinks you are. X2 is an update to the X dual core processor, higher resolution screen and better overall performance. Razr Maxx, you must be stupid, this is just a variation of the Razr for the power user and motorola's answer to not having enough power to last the whole day. Never seen such devotion to a company that tells you how to hold your phone, has software that tries to control your computer and blatantly tells us that Americans that we aren't smart enough to built components for the devices that we help make famous for them. Take that out of your mouth, it should be tasteless by now. Anyway, this seems like some very odd happenings, not sure how they can only go after Samsung for anti competitive behavior when Apple always seeks to get injunctions that ban sales? How much more anti competitive do they have to get, destroying their manufacturing facilities? Sounds like bureaucratic nonsense at the highest order, seriously no one sees a problem here? Oh well the beat goes on, something else will turn up tomorrow.

12. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

wow same dumb people... the iphone 4S is still the iphone 4 but with some modifications just like Moto did with the RAZR Maxx.. the only diference is that Apple relased the 4S a little bit more than a year appart other than a few months... Apple doesnt wnat to trick you it was a different phone... I mean is called the same just added the the S at the end.. Moto added the MAxx to the Razr and you are fine but ohh no .. how dare Apple did that... bolony...

15. Baseballer

Posts: 132; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I agree! Apple didnt cheat people out or anything. they made a phone that was better than their last. idk why people hate. I can see why with all the law suits they do, but can we really change that? no. and on this topic, samsung is being investigated because they signed a contract to be fair and not misuse patents. its the only reason samsung is in hot waters and not apple or any other company. but i love samsung and hope nothing bad happens

17. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

I knew you and your illogical arguements couldn't stay away. how is the iPhone 4 to iPhone 4s any different than the Droid razr to Droid razr maxx? same naming concept..just with 4 extra letters instead of 1.

18. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

exactly remix i dont have a problem... but you are the one with the problem... with Samsung being on the losing end of anything... and dakaka or whatever his name is... having a problem...

19. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

your avoidance and deflection of my question proves I'm right. thanks.

20. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

read before you ask me.. ok.. i would nto give you al the answer.. I dont have a problem with the RAZR.. I like it fyi..... is a great phone too large and thin but is a well made... and yes we do agree on the concept... so

13. dahaka17

Posts: 61; Member since: Jun 08, 2010

lol galitoking you are pathetic i really wish the rest of us could live in the ignorance bliss that you do

14. supaman21

Posts: 43; Member since: Sep 14, 2011

apple can ban the gt bc its a rectangle and its allowed.... but samsung cant attempt it bc of actual functional patents this has to be a joke.....

23. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Wow, I thought someone had goofed up the title on this article and swapped the name Samsung for Apple. I can't help but to laugh because the irony of it all should be crystal clear to anyone who can read. Apple doen's want other OEMs using flat surfaces, menu buttons, or a rectangular shape. You know... the things you usually need to make a cellphone or tablet. Yet Samsung isn't allowed to ban Apple from using actual technology that someone invented from nothing! Wonder if there is anything that Apple CAN'T get away with?

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