Samsung Might Get Slapped With $15 Billion Fine For Trying To Ban Apple Sales In Europe

Samsung Might Get Slapped With $15 Billion Fine For Trying To Ban Apple Sales In Europe

Apple and Samsung have been raging a legal war against each other across the globe. While Apple won a $1 billion lawsuit against Samsung in the U.S. earlier this year, the two giants have exchanged blows in Europe as well, but neither side has come out on top yet.

However, a new report claims that Samsung might be facing a serious blow from the European commission that is seeking to impose some huge fines on Samsung for trying to get Apple products banned in Europe.

The Guardian has reported that the Samsung could face fines running into billions of dollars over its attempts to use its “standard-essential” patents on 3G to ban sales of Apple’s iPhone and iPad in Europe.

Samsung isn’t the only company that is facing big fines either. Google-owned Motorola Mobility might face similar fines for trying to get Microsoft’s Xbox 360 banned in Europe too by using their standard-essential patents.

Potential fines for Samsung could run up to 10% of the company’s worldwide turnover, which would be about $15 billion for Samsung. Samsung could face big fines in the U.S. as well because the U.S. Justice Department is investigating Samsung’s use of standard-essential patents in cases against Apple.

While Apple has tried to have Samsung’s products banned too, Apple has used patents that are not part of any standard in their legal proceedings. Apple offered to pay a licensing fee on the patents for 3G owned by Samsung, but Samsung refused.

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  • Atienne

    I’ll bet they settle now!

  • djcolley

    When you go nuclear you might want to make sure you do not drop one on yourself.

  • technochick

    I’ll bet they settle now!

    Doesn’t matter. Samsung still tried to use SEP in, according to said courts, was an antitrust way. So even if they settle, even if they drop suits, they still tried and will likely still be fined as a massive warning not to try again

  • Alexander530

    Good. I hope this happens.

  • HunterD

    Samsung has been public and douchy about the entire situation. I also hope this happens.

  • MrsCleaver

    Enough already!!

  • Bob Smogango

    samsung should actually be forced to simply not make finished goods and should just stick to being a component supplier. Being both is a conflict of interest, since they know what almost everyone else is doing and has a fair amount of control over what technology gets released to whom, what component prices they pay, and what is actually produced. They have too much control over almost the entire industry.

  • iSteve

    Samsuck is screwed now.

  • QJeremiah

    15 Billion USD… nearly 100 Billion Swedish Crowns… tough just to get a grip on the amount… Well, since I hate that companys way of doing business – I have my fingers crossed for luck….

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