EU to Charge Samsung with Antitrust Violations

Says it's abusing its market position in patent fight


The European Commission confirmed on Thursday that it will be formally charging Samsung in its antitrust investigation related to the company abusing its market position by filing for Apple productsales injunctions over patent infringement claims. Samsung withdrew it injunction request earlier this week, but the EU is still moving forward with its case.

"We will adopt a statement of objections very soon. I don't know if before the end of this year or the beginning of next year because we are in the last step of our internal procedures," EU antitrust official Joaquín Alumunia told the Financial Times.

EU officials were pleased that Samsung dropped the injunction request, although the electronics maker is still planning on moving forward with its patent infringement lawsuit against Apple.