Samsung's patent deals are being looked into by the European Commission. The commission’s opinion is that it needs to recognize if Samsung has failed to live up to a commitment to license key technologies to rivals. The iPad-maker succeeded in having two of its competitors remedy barred from sale in Germany last year forcing a restore.
In 1998 the commission notes that Samsung offered an irreversible promise to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute to respect Frand terms. Samsung has also been on the receiving end of patent and design-rights litigation. The action comes as the company is involved in patent battles with Apple.