South Korea to investigate Samsung antitrust complaints Brandon Gatto at 3:50 PM ET
[JURIST] The Fair Trade Commission of Korea (KFTC) [official website] on Thursday said that South Korean regulators are investigating an Apple complaint alleging that Samsung Electronics [corporate website] is unfairly competing in the market to the disadvantage of its competitors. The antitrust claim avers [Reuters report] that Samsung is breaching fair trade laws by abusing its dominance in wireless technology patents. This is counter, alleges Apple, to the fair practice by which these standard-essential patents are supposed to be licensed in a nondiscriminatory fashion to allow other companies to adopt compatible technology. Samsung won a small victory on August 24 when a South Korean court ruled [JURIST report] that Apple had infringed upon two of the company's patents related to mobile-data transfer technologies. However, the court also found that Samsung had infringed upon an Apple patent related to a touchscreen feature, ultimately leading to a South Korea sales ban on certain products from each company.
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