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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8 Comments

1. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

Injustic Department. That sounds about right.

2. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

did you really think that our gov't would protect its precious apples?

4. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

answer: Yes, of course the U.S. gov't will do everything to protect APPLE...after all, we live in a corporatocracy....

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Did you just answer your own question?

8. Paximos

Posts: 283; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Why not??

3. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

But when an infringer is refusing to pay FRAND rates, and is instead engaging in a reverse holdup, as was found in this case, seeking a ban could be the only recourse for the patent holder.

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

US company + US territory = slap on the wrist.

5. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

This is disgusting.

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