DOJ Drops Probe Of Samsung's Essential-Patent Conduct

Law360, New York (February 7, 2014, 6:03 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Justice said Friday that it has ended its investigation into Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.'s use of standard-essential patents to ban the sale of certain Apple Inc. products, finding that recent action by U.S. trade authorities to undo the ban rendered the probe moot.

The DOJ had been looking at attempts by Samsung to use its ownership of the valuable patents to obtain an exclusion order from the U.S. International Trade Commission blocking the entry of certain iPhone and iPad models from the...
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