Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Samsung being investigated for SEP abuse

The Register is reporting that Samsung is being investigated for misusing SEP (standards essential patents) in a couple of regions.

"The United States government is investigating whether Samsung is misusing the standards-essential patents that it holds, rival Apple said in a document it filed with the International Trade Commission on Monday.


Samsung holds several standards-essential patents covering data transmission from mobile devices, which it is under an obligation to license to rivals at a fair and reasonable rate (FRAND terms). If Samsung is found to be misusing standards-essential patents, the Department of Justice has the power to fine Samsung, jail its execs or even ban Samsung products.

Samsung is also under investigation for its Standards Essential Patents by the European Commission and South Korea's Fair Trade Commission."

fair and reasonable indeed

more here

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