“Today’s announcement by Samsung states that the petitions to be filed today in France and Italy ‘will each cite two patent infringements related to wireless telecommunications technology, specifically Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) standards for 3G mobile handsets,’” Mueller reports. “Very importantly, Samsung’s announcement declares those patents to be ‘essential,’ which is an incredibly important term in connection with industry standards.”
Mueller explains, “If those patents are indeed essential to the standard, then Samsung as a participant in the relevant standard-setting process has an obligation to grant licenses to everyone, including Apple, on FRAND (fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory) terms. Apple already accuses Samsung in other jurisdictions, including but not limited to the U.S., of failing to honor those obligations.”
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