Until now, each of the individual battles in the global Apple-Samsung war has been fought in front of a particular court. At last count there were some 20-odd cases in 10 countries, with a fair few in our own continent of Europa.
Now the EU has stepped in to make sure everything is above board and stuff. That’s the legal term for it.
The European Union Competition Commission is concerned that these patents we keep hearing about are actually being abused in order to stifle competition.
“We requested information from both Apple and Samsung. We have not yet received the answers,” begins EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia.
“We need to look at this because IP rights can be used as a distortion of competition but we will need to look at the answers. In particular, in the IT sector, it is obvious it is not the only case. Apple and Samsung is only one case where IP rights can be used as an instrument to restrict competition.”
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been the biggest victim in the Apple-Samsung war. It was temporarily banned from Germany but reappeared as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1N last week.