Motorola and Samsung EU patent abuse cases resolved

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Motorola and Samsung EU patent abuse cases resolved


Two separate but related patent-abuse probes by the European Commission - one involving Samsung, the other Motorola Mobility - have come to an end.

Both cases concerned the way the companies had enforced their ownership of critical technologies that devices require to connect to mobile networks.

They had both tried to ban Apple products from sale based on their use of these standard-essential patents.

The regulator ruled Motorola had abused its position. Samsung settled its case.

The South Korean firm escaped an official rebuke by offering to respect restrictions on its use of standard-essential patents (SEPs) over the next five years.

The commission chose not to impose a fine on Google-owned Motorola. However, its ruling against the firm set a new legal precedent.

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