EU to Investigate Samsung's Use of Essential 3G Patents
The European Commission has become more directly involved in the lawsuits between Apple and Samsung today by announcing it will investigate how Samsung is using its 3G patents to file lawsuits against competitors. The Commission "has opened a formal investigation to assess whether Samsung Electronics has abusively used certain of its standard essential patent rights to distort competition in European mobile device markets, in breach of EU antitrust rules." The EU is concerned that Samsung is distorting the value of "standards-essential" patents. Patents deemed essential must be licensed on a fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory basis — a policy known as FRAND. The EU's entry into this battle stands to dramatically alter the outcome of a number of lawsuits between Apple, Samsung, and other smartphone makers in court rooms around Europe. The two companies have been waging a patent war since Apple sued Samsung in the U.S. in April 2010.
Powermat to Upgrade Starbucks Charging Mats to Support iPhone X
Powermat, which has deployed PMA-compliant wireless chargers at thousands of Starbucks locations around the U.S., plans to update its charging pads to support the iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone 8 from Apple. At the moment, there are two competing wireless charging standards, PMA and Qi.
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.
Ericsson Sues Apple Over Telecom Patents
Ericsson today sued Apple in the U.S. and alleges the iPhone maker is violating multiple wireless patents.
Unwired Planet Bests Samsung and Huawei In Patent Trial
Unwired Planet landed its first courtroom victory in the U.K. this week after a judge agreed that Samsung and Huawei are violating patents owned by the company.