European Regulators Hit Samsung with Abuse Charges
The European Commission today formally charged Samsung with abusing its standard essential patents to wrangle more favorable licensing terms and/or block its competitors from importing products. "Intellectual property rights are an important cornerstone of the single market," said EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia. "However, such rights should not be misused when they are essential to implement industry standards, which bring huge benefits to businesses and consumers alike." Samsung has yet to respond to the formal charges, though earlier this week it did drop its attempt to ban Apple products across the EU.
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