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EU: Samsung submits offer in case set to clarify patent rules

 |  September 29, 2013

Smartphone manufacturer Samsung has reportedly submitted its offer to the European Commission to reach an agreement and end an investigation into the company over whether Samsung attempted to stunt competition from Apple by unfairly launching legislative action against the rival over smartphone patents.

Reports say the probe into Samsung is just part of efforts by the Commission to crack down on excessive legislation over intellectual property. In recent months, additional firms including Microsoft and Motorola have been part of these patent wars, suing each other over standard-essential patent usage.

At a speech in New York Friday, Commissioner Joaquin Almunia confirmed Samsung had submitted its concessions and said the regulator will test the offer in the market and open the floor for comments from competitors in the coming weeks.

The outcome of the case with Samsung will offer clarity to the standard-essential patents problem “across the industry,” Almunia said.

Full Content: Bloomberg

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