Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Dec 2012 23:11 UTC, submitted by someone
Legal "Samsung's move to drop all requests for injunctions against Apple in Europe may not be enough to escape sanctions from the European Commission over the alleged abuse of its standards essential patents. EC Vice President Joaquin Almunia said during a press conference on Thursday in Brussels that his office will continue with its investigation against Samsung and will release a 'statement of objections' within the coming weeks."
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RE[3]: Comment by Laurence
by someone on Tue 25th Dec 2012 20:23 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Laurence"
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First of all, FRAND is a commitment Samsung makes to a standards body regarding the patent it has submitted for inclusion into a standard (they have a choice here). In return for a guaranteed stream of income for their IP, they have to make certain sacrifices so that essential standards are affordable to implementers.

Secondly, Samsung had already worked around Apple's iPad design by slightly altering the appearance of their tablet offerings. I also do not see why the phone icon has to have a green background or a square shape. On the other hand, there is no way for Apple to avoid Samsung's patents without breaking compatibility with essential standards such as UMTS, which would make their products useless.

Edited 2012-12-25 20:42 UTC

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