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Samsung moves to appease EU in Apple dispute

AFP, BRUSSELS

South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co has answered accusations by Brussels that the company abused its dominant market position by taking out unfair injunctions against rival Apple Inc, the European Commission said on Friday.

In the drawn-out fight between the giants over the smartphone and tablet market, the Commission believes legal maneuvers launched by Samsung would unfairly prevent Apple from access to crucial shared patents.

However, Samsung has sought to remedy the problem, EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said in a speech in New York, without providing further details.

“I can announce that following a long discussion, Samsung has just formally submitted a set of commitments to address our concerns. We will soon launch a market test on these proposals,” Almunia said.

In December last year, the Commission informed Samsung that its injunctions over Apple’s access to Standard-Essential Patents were in violation of EU anti-trust rules.

The warning came after Brussels opened a probe early last year following Samsung injunctions to ban the sale of products made by its competitors in several European countries, alleging that they were illegally using its patents.

Last year Samsung dropped a request to ban Apple products in Britain, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands though it proceeded with lawsuits. It was this latter aspect that had to be examined.

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