Samsung Proposes Patent Cease Fire in Europe
Samsung has offered to stop filing patent-related lawsuits against its rivals in Europe for a period of five years in order to settle an antitrust investigation. The European Commission believes Samsung has violated its rules regarding standard essential patents. Samsung has filed numerous lawsuits against competitors such as Apple in Europe, the U.S., and other countries. The EU says Samsung is using its standard essential patents against rivals too aggressively. "Samsung has offered to abstain from seeking injunctions for mobile SEPs (standard essential patents) for a period of five years against any company that agrees to a particular licensing framework," said the European Commission. Samsung's competitors have one month to respond to its proposal. The move could help the company avoid an $18.3 billion antitrust fine. Samsung's offer does not extend to its patent-related lawsuits elsewhere.
Huawei Sues Samsung Over Patents
Huawei has filed lawsuits against Samsung in the U.S. and China, alleging the smartphone maker is using its patented technology without permission.
Microsoft Accuses InterDigital of Antitrust Behavior
Microsoft has filed an antitrust lawsuit against InterDigital, a patent-licensing firm, for charging exorbitant rates to license standard-essential patents. The two companies have been embroiled in patent litigation for years.
Nvidia and Samsung Strike Patent Deal, Drop Lawsuits
Nvidia today said it has settled its patent-related litigation with Samsung. The company first sued Samsung in 2014 over smartphone patents and was later sued in turn by Samsung.
Korea Blasts Qualcomm with $865M Fine
Qualcomm this week refuted accusations made by the Korea Fair Trade Commission that it has violated Korean antitrust laws. The KFTC says Qualcomm has abused its dominant position in the market with unfair and unnecessarily broad licensing practices for wireless technology and modems.
Apple's Patent Consortium to Sell 4,000 Patents for $900M
Rockstar Consortium, a patent-holding company headed by Apple, has agreed to sell more than 4,000 mobile patents for about $900 million. Apple and partners Microsoft, BlackBerry, Ericsson, and Sony paid $4.5 billion for more than 6,000 patents from Nortel four years ago in order to help protect against litigation.