EU probes Samsung on patents issue
Published 01/02/2012 | 05:00
SAMSUNG is being probed by European Union anti-trust regulators over the licensing of patents to other mobile-phone manufacturers.
The European Commission has said it will investigate whether Samsung broke a 1998 commitment to license any standard essential patents for phones on "fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms."
It acted after Samsung claimed last year in European courts that rivals had infringed its patents, the EC said.
Regulators have increased scrutiny of intellectual property rights, with EU anti-trust chief Joaquin Almunia saying last month that he wanted to ensure patents were not used to block rivals' expansion. (Bloomberg)