updated 10:58 am EDT, Tue June 25, 2013
Company allegedly prevented Apple from using standards-essential patent
Samsung is in early talks with the European Commission to settle charges of using its market position to block Apple from using a standards-essential mobile phone patent, two Reuters sources say. In December, the Commission told Samsung it was in the wrong in asking for injunctions against Apple for its use of essential patents. "Samsung has been involved in settlement discussions for several months now. Samsung wants to settle," one of the sources explains.
If a settlement does happen, it would let Samsung avoid a finding of wrongdoing and an accompanying fine. Such a fine could theoretically reach as high as $17.3 billion, many times the $1.05 billion a jury verdict demanded from Samsung in a 2012 US lawsuit over different patents. That amount may come down in a damages retrial scheduled for later this year.
The patents in the Commission's case cover UMTS-based 3G in the European Union. While Samsung owns them, it promised to license them on fair terms when the UMTS standard was adopted across Europe.