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Samsung close to settling EU competition investigation

Samsung has sought to settle an EU investigation into whether it broke competition rules when pursuing patent infringement cases against Apple.

The South Korean company has reportedly come to a deal with the the EU Competition Commission, the details of which have not been disclosed.

"Samsung has agreed to propose commitments that will be market tested. We hope to conclude this case," the EU's Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said in a speech on Friday.

The electronics giant had attempted to reach a settlement at an earlier data, but the EU regulator said further concessions were needed. The EU believes Samsung is using the lawsuits to distort competition.

The EU Commission found Google owned Motorola Mobility guilty of a similar anti-competition breach in May this year.

Apple and Samsung are engaged in a battle for global domination of the smartphone market. The two are the world's two biggest producers of handheld devices by sales and volume.

Patent disputes between the companies (opens in new tab) are currently ongoing in at least 10 countries.

Samsung recently won a case resulting in imports of the iPhone 4 and 3G iPad 2 being banned in the US, but the ruling was overthrown by the Obama administration.

Meanwhile, in courts across the world, Apple has argued that Galaxy tablets are too similar to iPads. In the US, Apple has also won cases against Samsung over patent infringement relating to the iPhone.

It is hoped that the EU ruling on Samsung will help bring greater clarity to the use of technology patent lawsuits.

Tomas Jivanda
Tomas Jivanda

Tomas is co-founder of Lucky Pilgrim, a team of journalists, photographers and art directors who connect brands to audiences through words, imagery and design. He was formerly editorial director at Chapel and managing editor at Courier magazine, and was a writer for ITProPortal as well as The Independent, EastLondonLines, The Sunday Times Magazine, and Croon.