European Commission set to accuse Samsung in Apple patent battle

by Kenny Hemphill on December 21, 2012

The European Commission has signalled that it will rule that Samsung has broken EU competition law in relation to its accusations of patent infringement against Apple, according to Reuters.

EU competition chief, Joaquin Almunia said yesterday that it would ‘issue a statement of objections very soon.’ Once the Commission has notified Samsung of its objections in writing, the Korean company will have the opportunity to reply and request a hearing before regulators. If that’s unsuccessful and the Commission rules that it infringed competition law, Samsung could be fined up to 10% of its total annual turnover.

Almunia’s statement came days after Samsung said it would drop an attempt to stop the sale of some Apple products in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, and The Netherlands.

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