Sam­sung’s patent use fo­cus of EU com­plaint

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS -

BRUS­SELS — Sam­sung Elec­tron­ics faces a Euro­pean Union an­titrust com­plaint over its use of stan­dard-es­sen­tial patents in le­gal dis­putes with Ap­ple, the EU’s com­pe­ti­tion com­mis­sioner said.

“We will adopt the state­ment of ob­jec­tions very soon,” said Joaquin Al­mu­nia, the bloc’s an­titrust chief. The EU is look­ing into whether Sam­sung vi­o­lated agree­ments to li­cense key patents to other mo­bile-phone man­u­fac­tur­ers on fair terms.

Sam­sung and Ap­ple, the world’s two big­gest smart­phone mak­ers, have traded vic­to­ries in their patent dis­putes fought over four con­ti­nents since Ap­ple ac­cused Asia’s big­gest elec­tron­ics maker of “slav­ishly copy­ing” its de­vices. The com­pa­nies, com­pet­ing for dom­i­nance of the global smart­phone mar­ket es­ti­mated by Bloomberg In­dus­tries at $219 bil­lion last year, are fight­ing patent bat­tles even as Ap­ple re­mains Sam­sung’s big­gest cus­tomer. WASHINGTON — The U.S. econ­omy grew at an an­nual rate of 3.1 per­cent over the sum­mer as ex­ports in­creased, con­sumers spent more and state and lo­cal gov­ern­ments added to growth for the first

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