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EU Charges Samsung With Abusing Vital Telecoms Patent 96

Dupple sends this news from Reuters: "The European Commission charged Samsung Electronics on Friday with abusing its dominant position in seeking to bar rival Apple from using a patent deemed essential to mobile phone use. The Commission sent a 'statement of objections' to the South Korean group, with its preliminary view that Samsung was not acting fairly. 'Intellectual property rights are an important cornerstone of the single market. However, such rights should not be misused when they are essential to implement industry standards, which bring huge benefits to businesses and consumers alike,' Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said in statement."
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EU Charges Samsung With Abusing Vital Telecoms Patent

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  • And yet... (Score:1, Insightful)

    by asmkm22 ( 1902712 ) on Friday December 21, 2012 @04:51PM (#42363771)

    they do nothing to Apple and their rounded corners?

  • by zebslash ( 1107957 ) on Friday December 21, 2012 @04:55PM (#42363823)

    Indeed, "such rights should not be misused". So why granting bogus patents on obvious features that lead to such abuses? They should fix the system, not try workarounds!

  • Stupid (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 21, 2012 @04:55PM (#42363825)

    Apple tried to lowball the licensing at less than a quarter of the rate others were paying. Of course Samsung is going to say No to Apple.

  • Re:Stupid (Score:2, Insightful)

    by SirGeek ( 120712 ) <sirgeek-slashdot ... rg minus physici> on Friday December 21, 2012 @04:56PM (#42363845) Homepage
    Yet you don't see the apple fans talking about THAT now, Do you ?
  • by aliquis ( 678370 ) <> on Friday December 21, 2012 @05:15PM (#42364047) Homepage


    Comment on OSnews: []

    Apple sue nearly every manufacturer over generic shapes and actions, and the government just give a green light for dumb intellectual property to be registered.

    Samsung sue Apple over actual inventions, and they get investigated.

    This world is going to the shits.

    (yes I know Samsung's patents were dubious because of being FRAND, and in an ideal world they shouldn't have used them. But in an ideal world they shouldn't have had to counter sue because Apple generic design patents).

    I agree. This is what patents are for after all. Why only have shitty patents for things not important and punish people who've got the real stuff? Make sense? Remove them already.

  • Re:And yet... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by harperska ( 1376103 ) on Friday December 21, 2012 @05:47PM (#42364379)

    Why does this stupid fandroid argument still get modded insightful on /.? Set aside the ignorance on the difference between design patents (which shouldn't really be patents in the first place, but have to be registered as patents because you can't copyright an industrial design for some reason) and FRAND patents. Apple did not generically patent all "rounded corners" as the fandroids claim. They patented which corners were rounded, and by how much. Compare the iPhone to the Nokia Lumia. Both are minimalist designs. Both have rounded corners. But the Lumia doesn't look anything like the iPhone, thus not infringing on the "rounded corners" design patent, while also clearly showing that having the exact same rounded corners as the iPhone is not a necessity for a smartphone.

  • Re:And yet... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by sg_oneill ( 159032 ) on Saturday December 22, 2012 @12:13AM (#42367009)

    The basic concept is essential vs non essential patents. Essential patents are supposed to be licenced out so as not to be used as a monopolization tool, where as stuff that isnt essential to compete , not so much.

    Considering "rounded corners" wasnt even a patent, and its entirely possible to put out a phone with other shaped corners, then no this is not a legitimate comparison at all.

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