Samsung Likely to Be Charged with Breaking European Anti-Trust Laws

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    It looks like the European Union is wading into the patent wars to see if they can put a stop to things, and they are doing it by going after Samsung first. While some could easily argue that Samsung is the victim in many of the patent wars, especially when it comes to Apple's attacks, that doesn't mean they aren't culpable in some ways. Regardless of which side you choose to take, (or no side at all), the EU feels that charges will need to be filed against Samsung. This is because they were seeking product bans in court against Apple in a fight over some FRAND essentials patents, which you are not allowed to do under EU patent law. Here's a quote with some additional detail,

    Earlier in the week, we saw reports that Samsung was dropping several of their European patent infringement lawsuits against Apple. We decided not to share that story because we caught wind of some intel that the reason wasn't altogether altruistic, so we wanted to see how things developed. It turns out we were correct to wait. The reason that Samsung dropped some of their lawsuits against Apple was because they knew that The EU was going to be bringing charges against them soon for this.

    One could argue that Samsung was just trying to defend itself in any way it could, but the reality is they likely did violate the European laws regarding FRAND patent lawsuits. We will keep you informed as this continues to develop.

    Source: Reuters
     
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2012