Samsung has offered a five-year pause in seeking European sales bans against rivals over standards-essential patents (SEPs) as it seeks to evade a huge fine from regulators.Rivals including Apple, Ericsson and Nokia will now be able to tell the European Commission - whose antitrust unit publicised the proposals on Thursday - whether they agree with it or feel that it is too weak, a process called "market testing". Apple didn't comment on whether it would submit a response.But Samsung's proposals were described as "full of loopholes" by one longtime observer of the smartphone patent wars between Apple, Samsung, Nokia and others. Florian Müller, a patents blogger who has consulted for Microsoft and Oracle, said that the proposed deal is worse than that imposed by the US's Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Google's Motorola subsidiary over the similar use of SEPs to try to impose sales bans.
Source: The Guardian
As much as I like Samsung as a company it's good to see the European Commission standing up to anticompetitive business practices. Businesses should not be allowed to abuse their patent portfolios to stifle competition, especially not with the sales bans we've seen attempted recently. Apple is also guilty of such behaviour, so this isn't about taking sides.