Samsung allowed to use standard-essential patents despite Apple's complaints, Korean commission says
posted by Peter K. / Feb 27, 2014, 9:24 AM
In addition, although the Cupertino company protested numerous times, the KFTC allowed Samsung to continue making use of SEPs (standard-essential patents). It seems that the KFTC has been thoroughly investigating the patent controversies between the two manufacturers since 2012, when Apple first stated that Samsung abused many of its own SEPs, but it was ruled that no antitrust laws have been broken.
According to Florian Mueller with FOSS Patents, the KFTC's view on the matter is contradicting the investigations of other agencies, such as the Department of Justice and the European Commission. Both of them expressed their worries that Samsung might use its numerous standard-essential patents in a monopolistic way. Mueller says the KFTC apparently thinks that there is no evidence of monopoly, because "more than 50 companies hold over 15,000 SEPs relating to 3G wireless communication (UMTS/WCDMA) technology".
Apple and Samsung will once again sit before Judge Lucy Koh by the end of the next month. This time, a more recent set of mobile devices will be the subject of the patent investigation.
source: The Korean Times via AppleInsider
You don't say? A Korean commissioner?
posted on Feb 27, 2014, 9:28 AM 2
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You don't say. An American jury?
posted on Feb 27, 2014, 10:20 AM 13
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And give each commission member a free iPhone so they can see the similarities for themselves. On further consideration, Apple would need to give them two free iPhones each - one for them and one for the dear leader. Otherwise, they might end up digging their grave before they get shot for being a tool of selling out their fellow proletariat.
posted on Feb 27, 2014, 11:36 AM 0
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God must bid that awful S5 design. Of all patents to copy, they forgot to copy the aesthetics.
posted on Feb 27, 2014, 9:40 AM 0
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That's the problems with patents. Monopolies are illegal, but those patents are bought off and held by the richest company to hold and keep other companies from starting up. The patents are also too broad and include way too much. It's hard to believe that anybody can make anything without breaking some kind of patent or copyright. I mean seriously, the word candy is taken and theres a legal battle in regards to candy crush. Keep the poor poor and the rich even richer.
posted on Feb 27, 2014, 9:51 AM 4
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