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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Everyone saw this coming
by Nelson on Fri 21st Dec 2012 06:50 UTC
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Most people were completely shocked at the callous disregard Samsung had for their FRAND commitment.

Apple's patents are not under FRAND, so they have no obligation to be Fair, Reasonable, and Non Discriminatory...hell, they don't have to license it at all.

Samsung made the CHOICE to enter a FRAND agreement. Choice. The benefits of receiving royalties from almost ubiquitous standards is that you must license them reasonably.

I'm glad the EC stepped in and put the breaks on this whole thing.

Samsung was offered a chance to license Apple's patents, that's an olive branch that does not get extended to everyone. They refused.

Apple is likely willing to license whatever patents Samsung was counter-suing with, but only under the stipulated FRAND terms.

Let's be clear: This isn't a choice Samsung has. They are completely boxed in. Take a license, Samsung.

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