Samsung’s Smartphone IP Suits Prompt EU Antitrust Probe

Law360, New York (January 31, 2012, 1:52 PM EST) -- The European Commission on Tuesday began investigating whether Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. anti-competitively abused its patent rights by suing to block the sale of rival smartphones and other mobile devices based on patents that are part of wireless technology standards.

The official probe will focus on claims that Samsung may have broken the vow it made to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute in 1998 to license its patents related to European third-generation wireless standards on a fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory basis, the European Union antitrust watchdog...
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