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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