Samsung lost a case against Apple in a U.K. court regarding Apple’s use of Samsung patents on 3G wireless networking.
In just the most recent suit among many between the two companies, Samsung alleges that its 3G patents were being used by Apple without proper compensation. Last year the European Commission and U.S. Justice Department began investigating Samsung on using its patents against competitors, patents that are covered under fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms. As with most cases regarding FRAND, courts have thrown out cases or have ruled against the patent holders claiming FRAND terms cover appropriate compensation for standard-essential patents, nothing more.
Samsung isn’t the only company that has been caught up in FRAND controversy Google, through its acquisition of Motorola Mobility, has tried to garner more favorable terms against competitors by demanding more for its essential patents.
Samsung’s representatives said they will look in to the ruling and determine whether an appeal is appropriate.