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Ericsson sics US Trade Commission investigation on Samsung

Ryan Block, @ryan

As if Samsung wasn't already building a reputation for dubious, if not illicit activities in the market, they're now about to undergo investigation by the US International Trade Commission at the behest of Ericsson, which claims that the US sale of at least some of their handsets is illegal based on a patent licensing deal that expired at the end of last year. It's a little convoluted, but it seems that the outcome can have only a few results: Ericsson withdraws their claims (not likely), Samsung withdraws the offending devices from the US market (not likely), Ericsson's patents are not found to be applicable in this instance (possible), or Samsung settles and pays royalties (the likeliest of scenarios). We'll let you know how it turns out as Sam and Eric have at it.

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