Justice Department closes investigation of Samsung's use of its SEPs against Apple

Justice Department closes investigation of Samsung's use of its SEPs against Apple
After a thorough investigation on the matter, the Justice Department announced on Friday that it has closed its investigation into Samsung's use of its standards essential patents to get injunctions against Apple products. Previous court rulings have left owners of SEP patents from using an exclusion order as a remedy for an infringement of such a patent. Because these patents are essential to the manufacture of a product, licensing of these are supposed to be handled using FRAND terms (Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory). But by threatening to get a court ordered injunction, a SEP holder could squeeze out higher licensing terms for the patent.

The U.S. Trade Representative overturned an injunction against Apple, which the Justice Department says leaves them with no other action to take in the matter. While the Antitrust Division has closed the investigation, it will continue to "monitor future developments".


source: JusticeDepartment via MacRumors

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