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Samsung offers patent injunction promise to escape antitrust fine

Samsung offers patent injunction promise to escape antitrust fine

Samsung has promised not to threaten rivals with injunctions over mobile standards-essential patents for the next five years, as the Korean firm attempts to evade antitrust penalties after being accused by Apple of misusing its 3G IP. According to Apple, while it offered to license the standards-essential technology for use in the iPhone, Samsung instead tried to have an injunction levied against the iOS device, which the European Union says could amount to antitrust behavior. Now, "Samsung has offered to abstain from seeking injunctions for mobile SEPs for a period of five years against any company that agrees to a particular licensing framework" the EU has confirmed.

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Samsung denied Obama veto as Apple’s import ban upheld

Samsung denied Obama veto as Apple’s import ban upheld

Samsung's hopes that the US government would overturn an ITC ban on certain smartphones and tablets, just as President Obama's White House did for a similar ban on Apple devices, have been dashed, with the fast-approaching sales block upheld. The South Korean company had approached the US trade representative in August, arguing that a ban on several of its Android devices were counter to the public interest and requesting a stay on the sales block, just as Apple had been granted over an injunction it had been granted. However, Bloomberg reports, Obama's trade chief refuses to play ball.

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Samsung allegedly view confidential Apple-Nokia licensing terms

Samsung allegedly view confidential Apple-Nokia licensing terms

Apple and Nokia battled patent disputes in court for a long time and ultimately Apple agreed to license certain Nokia patents. The exact terms of that license agreement were confidential and closely held by both Apple and Nokia. However, during the legal battle between Apple and Samsung those documents were presented to attorneys handling the case as part of their normal preparatory paperwork.

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Samsung to appeal Apple suit after “disappointing” Obama ban veto

Samsung to appeal Apple suit after “disappointing” Obama ban veto

Samsung will take a second stab at skewering Apple's iPad 2 and iPhone 4 sales in 2014, the company has confirmed, even after President Obama vetoed a sales ban expected to begin this month. Having been "disappointed" by the Executive Office intrusion into the ITC ban granted last June, Samsung said it has already filed a court appeal against the original ruling, the Financial Times reports, because that judgement only found infringement against one of the four patents Apple was alleged to have violated.

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Obama overturns Apple iPad and iPhone sales ban

Obama overturns Apple iPad and iPhone sales ban

The Obama government has overturned the rapidly approaching US sales ban on Apple's iPhone 4 and iPad 2, stepping in at the final moment to deny Samsung seeing its rival's phones and tablets pulled from shelves. The decision, revealed in a letter from US Trade Representative Ambassador Michael B.G. Froman at the Executive Office of the President, means Apple has escaped seeing its older models barred from sale, and comes after Froman supposedly reviewed the disagreements around the FRAND patent licensing process at the core of the legal battle between the Cupertino firm and Samsung.

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iPhone and iPad ban must be overturned Apple argues

iPhone and iPad ban must be overturned Apple argues

Apple has petitioned the International Trade Commission to overturn a fast-approaching US ban on the iPad 2 and iPhone 4, which would see imports of the firm's older phones and tablets barred in under four weeks time. The ruling, granted to Samsung back in June but not enacted for 60 days, would "sweep away an entire segment of Apple's product offerings" Apple argued in a motion filed on Monday with the ITC, not to mention potentially damaging the company's carrier partners, it's suggested.

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Samsung negotiating EU antitrust deal insiders say after Apple accusations

Samsung negotiating EU antitrust deal insiders say after Apple accusations

Samsung is reportedly negotiating a settlement with the European Union over antitrust charges, after being investigated following Apple's complaints over 3G patents being used offensively. Talks around a potential deal have been underway for several months, sources familiar with the negotiations told Reuters, though it's unclear whether Samsung will manage to convince the EU to skip sanctions.

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Apple convinces Tokyo court Samsung infringed bounce-back UI

Apple convinces Tokyo court Samsung infringed bounce-back UI

Apple has bested Samsung in a Japanese courtroom, convincing the Tokyo District Court that its South Korean rival's Galaxy devices infringe the so-called "bounce back" patent used in iPhone scrolling. The ruling, which comes even though in the US the patent has actually been invalidated, could leave Samsung open to more financial damages, Reuters reports, though the company has already modified more recent phones and tablets to use a different visual indicator.

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