The EU has expressed concern over Apple and Samsung’s continuing pan-European legal wars, saying that they feel that it is being used a cover-up operation to obscure unfair competition practices.
No complaints intimating the above have been made, but the EC are now investigating the ongoing legal efforts of the two companies as they continue to battle over 3G patents. the European Competition Commission said: “We requested information from both Apple and Samsung. We have not yet received the answers, we need to look at this because IP rights can be used as a distortion of competition but we will need to look at the answers.”
Basically, what the EC are concerned about is that using patents will allow companies to simply strangle competition. For example, you may remember Apple recently patented the method used to unlock a touchscreen phone, which strikes us as deliberately making life complicated for competitors just because they’re competing with you, which is what the competition wants to stamp out.
Why? Well, competition drives markets. If Apple were the only company producing smartphones, not only would jobs be lost, but they could charge what they like (although some would argue that they already do) and as such fewer phones would be sold, less money spent, and so on.
It seems that the IT sector is not the only business sector to come under scrutiny from the commission, but the current high-profile case has been enough to pique their interest and launch a full investigation. What the results of that investigation will be is unclear at this point, but we’ll be sure to report when we know.