Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 4th Feb 2012 14:37 UTC
Legal "Samsung, in its first acknowledgment of the European Commission's antitrust investigation of its patent licensing practices, Friday said it believed the commission would ultimately conclude the company complies with the rules. The investigation arose out of Samsung's dispute with Apple over trademarks and patents that cover smartphones and tablet computers."
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RE: Samsung Europe
by mkone on Sat 4th Feb 2012 18:28 UTC in reply to "Samsung Europe"
mkone
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2006-03-14

So, should companies be exempt from the law because they employ lots of people?

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RE[2]: Samsung Europe
by fran on Sat 4th Feb 2012 19:26 in reply to "RE: Samsung Europe"
fran Member since:
2010-08-06

No. I probably should have left out that paragraph.
I do however firmly believe from recent events that Samsung is being treated unfairly in some European countries.

The European court think Samsung is not giving other companies fair access to it's patents including 3G wireless technologies.
Now I am not debating the legality of above. If it is true it is wrong.
I am talking about what I think is double standards.
The Samsung's galaxy 10.1 is banned from Germany for it being square. For me a tablet being square is a key hallmark of tablet computers. Why should the company trying to prevent companies from using this "IP" not be investigated for the same charge. Is this not also hindering competition?

I'm not a brand fanboy. I don't even own a Samsung phone.

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RE[3]: Samsung Europe
by kristoph on Sat 4th Feb 2012 23:30 in reply to "RE[2]: Samsung Europe"
kristoph Member since:
2006-01-01

Ok well that's a different argument. I think most sane people - including me - agree that the fact that Apple's suit in Germany is pretty ridiculous but it still follows the rule of law.

Similarly in Germany, Apple was recently forced to pull it's 3G products because, in Germany, it's apparently ok for Moto to use FRAND patents against Apple.

Sucks all around but you can't pick and choose laws and you can't claim that a law is biased with some tangible proof. These are 1st world countries after all with democratically elected leaders.

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