US shuts antitrust probe against Samsung

US shuts antitrust probe against Samsung
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US Shuts Antitrust Probe Against Samsung. The Justice Department says it has closed an investigation of Samsung Electronics Co Ltd over alleged misuse of patents to exclude some Apple iPhone and iPad models from the US market.

WASHINGTON: The Justice Department says it has closed an investigation of Samsung Electronics Co Ltd over alleged misuse of patents to exclude some Apple iPhone and iPad models from the US market.

Apple Inc has said some Samsung wireless patents are being offered on unfair terms, hurting competition. Companies like Samsung owning the rights to essential phone technology must license it to competitors on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms.

Samsung obtained an exclusion order against Apple from the US International Trade Commission that would have barred the import of some Apple smartphones and tablet computers.

The US Trade Representative overturned the order, and as a result, the Justice Department said it is closing its investigation. The department says it will continue to monitor developments in the area.

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