Essential Patents Aren’t Weapons In Smartphone War: EU

Law360, New York (February 28, 2012, 7:40 PM EST) -- The European Union's competition chief vowed Tuesday to stop mobile-device makers from using litigation over standard-essential patents to keep their rivals’ smartphones and tablets out of European markets.

The possibility that some electronics companies may be abusing the patent system in their bid for supremacy in the global smartphone litigation wars is "the crux" of the European Commission's investigation into Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said in a speech prepared for EU lawmakers.

"It is clear to me that competition policy must intervene...
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