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EC investigating Apple, Samsung over antitrust concerns

updated 11:30 am EDT, Fri November 4, 2011

One or more may be accused of abusing patents

Regulators from the European Commission are investigating both Apple and Samsung over possible violations of EU antitrust rules, according to Reuters. At the root of the issue are mobile phone patents. "The Commission has indeed sent requests for information to Apple and Samsung concerning the enforcement of standards-essential patents in the mobile telephony sector," the EU executive says. "Such requests for information are standard procedure in antitrust investigations to allow the Commission to establish the relevant facts in a case. We have no other comments at this stage."

The news puts a twist on an earlier report, which mentioned only Samsung as the target of a Commission probe over possible anti-competitive behavior. The Reuters piece explicitly states however that Apple is also under scrutiny. In media commentary, both companies have sometimes been accused of abusing patent lawsuits to fight for control of the market.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. nelsoon

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -9

    Finally!

    Finally a great thing! They are both suing each other with abusing patents. I hope this will help to stop this stupid war. Both compagnies can survive in this market so try to be competitive! That's it!

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +8

    Disingenuous

    Actually, the EU are investigating Samsung over FRAND issues and have asked Apple for information in relation to the matter. This is NOT the same as the EU investigating both companies.

  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    WRONG HEADLINE

    "EC investigating Apple, Samsung over antitrust concerns" headline is wrong.

    In reality, EU is only investigating Samsung. Apple is a witness AGAINST Samsung.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    no

    They have asked both companies for information on the subject. They aren't asking Apple for information on Samsung.

  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    @testudo

    Apple has no FRAND patents. The case is about Samsung violating terms of FRAND patents. Let's see, SURELY Apple is in trouble with the commission.

    http://fosspatents.blogspot.com/2011/11/european-commission-investigates.html

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