Samsung might be fined $15b in Europe for effort to ban Apple devices

In a new report coming out of The Guardian, it sounds like Samsung could be enduring some pretty hefty fines because of a case it has against Apple. The European commission is seeking to fine Samsung up to $15 billion because it using “standard-essential” patents in the case to ban Apple products. The US is also investigating the use of standard-essential patents in cases located there, which could add up to even more than Samsung would owe. It seems to be digging itself a deeper hole no matter which way it tries to go.

Apple has gone after bans of Samsung patents before as well, but never has it used standard-essential patents in the cases, therefore it is not subject to investigation nor a fine. Apple even offered to license the 3G patents that Samsung is attempting to use in the ban, but refused to settle on any terms. The $15 billion number is coming from Samsung’s worldwide turnover, of which $15 billion is 10%.

What do you think? Interested to see how this turns out? Should Samsung have to pay up? Let us know in the comments, or tweet me @TiP_Kyle.

 

Via: Cult of Mac, The Guardian

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  • Bratty

    Love it!

  • BillThomas

    That’s what happens when a big company turns into a Bully!!!!!

  • opangsky

    @riisesky yg positip tahun baruan syp aja tak?

  • MuhammadMarsh

    @BillThomas
    Do you mean the way big company Apple started the bullying? Don’t be a dumb ass. :-/

  • BillThomas

    @MuhammadMarsh  @BillThomas If anybody is a dumb ass its you!!!!!! Apple tried to settle the law suite out of court but big bad samsung said no, samsung has coppied alot from Apple and u are a dumb ass if u think otherwise!!!!!

  • MuhammadMarsh

    @BillThomas: Apple was asking for an unreasonable sum of money at first. And that was why Samsung had refused. Apple is only going on a suing spree because they feel threatened by android companies. Especially Samsung because they are making advances in technology faster than they want it to. Which makes it pretty difficult for apple to make only incremental upgrades to their devices every year in order to push their half assed products on their small minded customers.

  • Guest911

    @MuhammadMarsh shut up when you have no idea. Why the hell are you sucking Samsung butt?

  • MuhammadMarsh

    @Guest911: I’m not suck anyone’s butt, as you say. The way I see it, both companies have tarnished their reputations a bit through all this crap. But that still doesn’t change the fact that apple started the bullying. It also won’t change the fact that Samsung makes more innovations to their products than apple does. If you compare apple products to any android, you’d see this. Unless you have the mind of a donkey that is.

  • Madfry

    @MuhammadMarsh 
    Did Apple sue Samsung? Yes of course they did, but the patents used wasn’t part of any standard.
     
    Did Samsung sue Apple? Yes, but they made a formal declaration that the patents in question are part of a standard and will license it to anyone at FRAND rates. It other words, you cannot charge Apple more than what other parties are paying you. 
     
    That is why Samsung, and Motorola who tried to pull the same exact stunt with Microsoft is now in trouble.

  • Guest911

    @MuhammadMarsh See…that is why you need to shut up and stop sucking. You aint too bright Mehmood.

  • MuhammadMarsh

    @Guest911:
    I know about this already, it’s not new news and I had a feeling this would happen. But still, apple started all this by trying to claim that they had patents on ridiculous things such as rounded corners. And they are on a patent rampage at the moment trying to obtain as many patents as they can. Mainly in hopes to keep the competition from passing them even further in technology. Apple and Samsung both need to be taught a lesson. And people like you should stop riding apple’s corporate dick. Especially when they are out to monopolize the smart phone business. Apple is only doing all of this because the are afraid of competition. They want to be the only ones making smart phones and tablets. And that’s unrealistic and childish.

  • BillThomas

    @MuhammadMarsh i agree with u that both companies do need to stop and the whole suing each other is getting old but what u call monopolize i call protecting your investment….the first smart phone that was touch screen with rounded corners was the iPhone, the first smart phone with a single home button was the iPhone, and samsung has copied some of apple designs….even the samsung galaxy s3 has a single home button like on the iPhone, that’s why samsung paid apple a 1 billion dollars in that big court case cuz they copied some of Apple designs if samsung was stright laced they wouldnt be getting fined 15 billion in Europe because they don’t know when to stop and say the hell with it, so get off samsungs corporate dick because samsung is just as dirty and as greedy as Apple is.

  • MuhammadMarsh

    @BillThomas:
    Actually, the iphone was not the first touch screen phone. There were others before it. The first touch screen phone ever was from Ericsson. It may not have been a smart phone, but it was a touch screen phone. And how about phones such as the palm, Q techs, and imates? Yes, they had styluses, but they were still touch screen phones. The iphone wasn’t the first touch screen phone. All they did was get rid of the stylus and made touch screens become more popular.