Justice Dept. Ends Samsung Standard Patent Inquiry
The U.S Department of Justice today halted an investigation into Samsung's use of standard essential patents in litigation. The Justice Department was looking to ascertain if Samsung was abusing its standard essential patents, which must be licensed at fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory rates. The Justice Department had opened the investigation after Samsung sued Apple via the U.S. International Trade Commission. The ITC initially ordered a ban of select Apple products in the U.S., but the ban was overturned by the Obama Administration in September. Since the ban was overturned, the Justice Department's invesgiation became moot. The Justice Department will, however, continue to monitor Samsung's patent litigation in the U.S.
Justice Department Launches Antitrust Investigation Into AT&T, Verizon
The U.S. Justice Department is investigating AT&T and Verizon for secretly colluding to put carrier-locking ability into the new eSIM industry standard, according to the New York Times.
Justice Dept. Receives Offer to Help Unlock iPhone
The U.S. Department of Justice may have found a way to unlock the San Bernadino shooter's iPhone without Apple.
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.
Justice Dept. Wants Senior Judge to Weigh iPhone Case
The U.S. Department of Justice resubmitted a case against Apple today after a magistrate judge recently sided with Apple.