Do you hear that? That sound is magical. It’s the sound of peace. Samsung has been under investigation by the European Commission over its patent licensing practices, specifically for allegedly abusing standard essential patents. To fight off companies like Apple suing Samsung for many different things, some valid and some silly, Samsung has used standard essential patents against Apple and the EC isn’t happy.
So to please the EC, Samsung has decided to not seek injunctions against other companies for a period of five years as long as the company is trying to license a patent. It will negotiate for a year, and after that, will let a court create an agreement. This will prevent any serious issues for Samsung and encourage a better market that isn’t so dominated by patents.
It is interesting to see a big company get punished for abusing their standard essential patents. Though I do feel Apple has gotten off far too easy for their massive, despite not relying on SEPs themselves, I’m glad to see Samsung taking this stance. Here’s to five more years of peace!