Wednesday, 1 February 2012

FRAND - Commission opens proceedings against Samsung

The European Commussion has announced to have opened a formal investigation against Samsung in the question whether Samsung's strategy seeking injunctive relief based on standard-relevant patents amounts to an abuse of a dominant position which may affect trade and prevent or restrict competition given that Samsung had given its irrevocable commitment  to license any standard essential patents relating to European mobile telephony standards on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms.

PatLit had reported on a selection of the litigations in question e.g. here and here.

Meanwhile, Florian Müller reports on FOSS that Judge VOSS at the Mannheim District court has announced his decision reject Samsung's requests for injunctive relief in both pending cases despite of the suspicious attitude towards the FRAND defence used by Apple discussed in a previous post. However, the reasons for the decision are not yet available.

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