With the growing number of cases between Apple and Samsung, European regulators who are investigating patent related matters involving these two technology giants, believe that these two companies are adopting industry-standard intellectual property to destroy market competition.
These two companies are at present engaged in a world war over patent rights which involves more than 20 suits filed in 10 countries. If the patents related to the suits are considered as standard in the industry then a good number of the cases can be dropped.
Antitrust chief of European Commission, Joaquin Almunia commented that the commission is still waiting for these two companies to provide them with details on patents that have been used as standards in the industry of telephone industry, reported Mobiledia (opens in new tab).
Almunia said, "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", Almunia added.
This is the first time when the European Commission's antitrust chief openly discussed about his concern over the matter of patents involving industry big names.