Samsung Must Face Antitrust Claim In WiLAN Patent Case

Law360, New York (April 7, 2017, 7:29 PM EDT) -- A federal judge has rejected Samsung's bid to dismiss antitrust allegations that it funds "sham" infringement litigation by a unit of major patent licensing firm WiLAN against Kingston Technology Co. Inc. and others that threaten Samsung's dominant position in the computer chip market.

In a March 30 decision, Judge Cormac J. Carney of the Central District of California held that at this early stage in the case, Kingston has sufficiently pled its counterclaims that Samsung violated the Sherman Act and attempted to monopolize the chip market through an agreement with WiLAN unit Polaris Innovations Ltd.

The judge went so far as...

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