Samsung May Face Big Fines for Trying to Ban Apple Products in Europe
As we all know, both Apple and Samsung have been in an ongoing patent war against one another for quite some time. Although Apple has already won a $1 billion lawsuit against Samsung in the U.S. earlier in the year, the two continue to fight it out in the courts in Europe, with neither side coming out on top. There is a new report that is claiming that Samsung could possibly face fines running into billions of dollars over its attempts to use “standard-essential” patents on 3G to ban sales of Apple’s iPhone and iPad in Europe.
As a matter of fact, Samsung isn’t the only company that is facing big fines either. Others that could also face fines include Google-owned Motorola Mobility for trying to get Microsoft’s Xbox 360 banned in Europe or using standard-essential patents as well. Samsung currently faces potential fines of up to 10% of the company’s worldwide turnover, which would be about $15 billion for Samsung. The South Korean manufacturer may also face big fines in the U.S. as well because the U.S. Justice Department is investigating Samsung’s use of standard-essential patents in cases against Apple.
In this situation, Apple seems to be in the clear. Although the Cupertino California company has also tried to get Samsung’s products banned as well, they did so by using patents that were not part of any standard in their legal proceedings. Apple also offered to use pay a licensing fee on patents for 3G owned by Samsung but Samsung refused. As of right now, whether or not Samsung gets filed, it doesn’t seem like this patent war is about to end.
Source: The Guardian