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Antitrust action against Motorola, Samsung over Apple injunctions

Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia. European Commission, 2014. [EC]

Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia. European Commission, 2014. [EC]

The European Commission Tuesday (29 April) used antitrust rules to prevent telecoms companies using court orders for patent infringements on industry standard technology to restrict competition.

A Standard Essential Patent (SEP) is needed to ensure that industry standard technology can be developed. It is near-impossible to develop standardised smartphones or tablets without using an SEP, which can give patent holders an advantage over their competitors.

The commission branded a German court order on behalf of Motorola Mobility against Apple as an abuse of dominant market position under EU antitrust rules. The injunction was made on the basis of an alleged infringement of Motorola’s SEP.

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