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The European Commission is concerned that other firms could mimic Apple and Samsung's patent war and lead to the unfair use of intellectual property rights against rivals

Much of Apple and Samsung's 2011 has been spent duking it out over patents. Apple initially went after Samsung earlier this year and accused it of copying Apple's products when creating its Galaxy line of smartphones and tablets. Now, the European Commission is concerned that other firms could mimic Apple and Samsung's patent war and lead to the unfair use of intellectual property rights against rivals.

Throughout the year, Apple and Samsung have gone back and forth with patent issues. Apple claimed that Samsung created its Galaxy line such as the Galaxy Tab 10.1 by ripping off Apple's design. Apple succeeded in killing Samsung's Australian tablet sales, banned the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany, and sought to ban Samsung's phones and Android tablets in Britain. But Samsung did some retaliating of its own by filing a 3G lawsuit against Apple in France, looking to ban iPhone 5 sales (back before it was revealed that the anticipated iPhone 5 was really the iPhone 4S), and modifying its hardware and software to prevent further lawsuits.

Earlier this month, the European Commission started looking into FRAND (fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory) violations associated with the Apple/Samsung patent war. Now, the EU's latest concern has to do with the potential misuse of patents in other areas of the IT sector. 

"We requested information from both Apple and Samsung," said Joaquin Almunia, EU Competition Commissioner. "We have not yet received the answers. 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. Standardization and IP rights are two instruments that in this new IT sector can be used as a tool to abuse."

Source: Reuters



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RE: Google same game since 2001
By matty123 on 11/23/2011 9:55:39 AM , Rating: 2
Oh please what a bunch of absolute nonesense...

Taken from apple's own press release

quote:
CUPERTINO, California—August 29, 2006 —Apple® today announced that Dr. Eric Schmidt, chief executive officer of Google, was elected to Apple’s board of directors at their meeting today. Eric also sits on Google’s board of directors and Princeton University’s board of trustees.


Link: http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2006/08/29Google-C...

Taken From wikipedia

quote:
Google purchased the initial developer of the software, Android Inc., in 2005.[12] The unveiling of the Android distribution on November 5, 2007 was announced with the founding of the Open Handset Alliance, a consortium of 84 hardware, software, and telecommunication companies devoted to advancing open standards for mobile devices.[13][14][15][16] Google released most of the Android code under the Apache License, a free software license.[17] The Android Open Source Project (AOSP) is tasked with the maintenance and further development of Android.[18]


Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_(operating_sy...

Google publicly purchased the Android.Inc in 2005 a full year before Eric Shmidt was asked to join apple's board, also android was started by the Android.Inc team in 2003

Also do some more research, the often touted blackberry esque phone that apple fans love to put forward as the only android prototype was only one of many android prototypes that were all released at roughly the same time, androids first prototypes had touchscreen phones {like the iphone} and keyboard phones {like blackberry} and you can still get keyboard and touchscreen androids today.

Link: http://www.osnews.com/story/25264


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