Samsung Says ‘Confident’ on EU Antitrust Probe of Mobile Patents

Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) is “confident” that European Union antitrust regulators will conclude it didn’t violate competition rules over the way it licenses patents to other mobile-phone manufacturers.

The European Commission started a formal probe of Samsung’s use of standard-essential patents for phones this week, saying it would check whether the company broke a commitment to license the patents to rivals on “fair, reasonable and non- discriminatory terms.” It acted after Samsung claimed last year in European courts that rivals infringed its patents, the EU said in a statement.

“Samsung is confident that its approach regarding the enforcement of its 3G standard-essential patents is consistent with all applicable antitrust principles,” the company said in an e-mailed statement today. “We believe that, upon the scrutiny of the facts, the commission will conclude that Samsung Electronics has acted in compliance with EU competition rules.”

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