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.
Comcast Details Mobile Phone Service as Xfinity Mobile
Comcast today revealed details of its forthcoming Xfinity Mobile phone service. The company will use Verizon's 4G LTE network for the service, using an existing MVNO agreement.
Euro Commission Takes Stand Against Patent Abuse
The European Commission today ruled that Motorola had broken the law by suing Apple over standard essential patents. Apple had agreed to license Motorola's patents, but when the two companies couldn't agree on a price, Apple used the patented technology anyway and was eventually sued by Motorola.
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.