European Union regulators said the move will defuse a long-running patent war between the world's biggest mobile operators. The European Commission said that Samsung's patent lawsuits broke European Union antitrust rules. It may also help Samsung avert a possible fine that could reach $18.3 billion.
Samsung has offered to abstain from seeking injunctions for mobile SEPs (standard essential patents) for a period of five years against any company that agrees to a particular licensing framework," the Commission said in a statement. The Commission, said the Samsung case would bring clarity to the mobile telephony industry.