The EU will set out its case against Samsung Electronics "very soon"
following an anti-trust probe of the smartphone and mobile tablet
market, Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said Thursday.
will adopt a statement of objections very soon," Almunia said, meaning a
document detailing the EU competition watchdog's possible objections.
don't know if it is at the end of this year or the beginning of next
year," he said, adding that "we are on the last last steps of our
The Commission opened a probe in January on
whether the South Korean tech giant was abusing its market position by
seeking bans on sales of products made by its competitors in several
European countries, alleging they were illegally using its patents.
said this week it would drop a legal request to ban Apple products in
Britain, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands but would maintain
lawsuits for alleged patent infringement.
Commenting on Samsung's
decision to withdraw the requests, Almunia said: "We are very happy with
this because one of the most important objections that we have when
dealing with holders of standard essential patents is their possible
abuses using their ownership (of patents)."
Samsung overtook Nokia
as the top mobile phone brand for 2012 and has opened up a decisive
lead over Apple in the smartphone market, market research firm IHS
iSuppli said earlier this week.