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%.
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