Samsung makes patent settlement offer to EU

To resolve an EU investigation into its use of standards-essential patents in suits against Apple, Ericsson, and others, Samsung (GM:SSNLF, OTC:SSNGY) has offered to refrain from using such patents (meant to be licensed under FRAND terms) to seek product injunctions for five years.

The EC says it will discuss the offer. Curtailing the use of standards-essential patents in suits might keep regulators off Samsung's back, but would also curtail the electronics giant's ability to file counter-suits against Apple in the companies' ongoing legal war, and could prompt it to go shopping for non-standards-essential mobile IP (BlackBerry is one company that has a decent amount of it).

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