Apple says the Department of Justice is investigating Samsung over patent abuse

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In a legal filing with the US International Trade Commission, Apple has revealed that the US Department of Justice is investigating Samsung over its alleged use of FRAND patents to harm competition. An investigation was hinted at back in June in a Bloomberg report, and Dow Jones reports today that the DOJ has been working on the probe for several months. The agency’s interest in investigating FRAND-related matters, however, is not a surprise: after approving Motorola’s merger with Google earlier this year, the DOJ said that it will be on guard against improper use of essential patents in the mobile industry and “will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action” against violators.

Apple’s filing with the ITC is the latest in its…

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