EU Commission Launches Patent War Against Samsung
It has been reported that the Samsung is facing problems as the European Union antitrust regulators have called for an investigation against Samsung for breaching the law. The company has been in bad news since 1998 when allegation on it was made for breaching the law by providing patents for phones on “fair, reasonable and non- discriminatory terms”.
However, the investigation by the European Union antitrust regulators would examine the case thoroughly and then announcement would be made over the infringement of law by the Samsung. But, the investigation over the Samsung was called soon after it alleged that its rivals have been infringing its patents.
Two more companies, Honeywell International Inc. and DuPont Co., would be the subject of investigation over the chemical patents issues. However in case of Samsung, the subject or the aim of the investigation would be to gauge whether or not Samsung has broken the EU monopoly abuse rules and violated a commitment to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute over licensing terms.
Last November, Samsung and Apple was the subject of investigation. Although an investigation would be called over Samsung, none of its spokesperson was available for comments. In the past few years, electronic giants Apple and Samsung have been quarreling over infringement of the patents. However, it is for the very first time when the EU Commission has taken a stern action of holding a formal investigation.
The commission in a statement said, “The opening of proceedings means that the Commission will examine the case as a matter of priority. It does not prejudge the outcome of the investigation”. It is not sure as to when the investigation would end. However, it is believed that a concrete conclusion would be announced on the patent cases.
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