EU moves to end smartphone patent wars in landmark ruling

Posted in: Mobile & Wireless at 30/04/2014 13:30

The European commission moved on Tuesday to stem aggressive patent lawsuits by smartphone and tablet makers against rivals, ruling that Motorola Mobility had broken EU law by taking such action against Apple.

In a dual ruling, the European Union's anti-trust enforcer said that it had also accepted a pledge by Samsung Electronics not to seek injunctions against rivals if they had signed up to a licensing agreement for smartphones or tablets.

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The decision by JoaquĆ­n Almunia, the European Union competition commissioner, is aimed at quelling the patent wars involving technology titans like Apple, Google, Microsoft and Samsung. In the case at issue, Motorola brandished a court injunction it won against Apple in a patent dispute in Germany to unfairly impede competition, Mr. Almunia's office concluded.

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The European Union's antitrust enforcer has told two top smartphone makers to stop filing aggressive patent lawsuits against rivals such as Apple, aiming to end a patent war and open the market to freer competition.

The European Commission reprimanded Motorola Mobility on Tuesday for taking such action against Apple, hoping the ruling will halt a rising tide of legal disputes among rivals vying for profit in the global smartphone market.

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