South Korea's competition watchdog is launching an investigation into Samsung's practices.
The country's Fair Trade Commission (FTC) announced today that it will be investigating the ways in which Samsung is using its wireless technology patents, to address competition in the marketplace. Reuters, first to report the news, said that an FTC official claimed Apple had filed the complaints against Samsung earlier this year, arguing that Samsung is using its patents to hurt competition.
There is certainly no love lost between Apple and Samsung. The companies are waging patent disputes worldwide, and last month, Apple won a major victory in San Jose, California, which could see some Samsung products banned from sale and the iPhone maker net more than US$1 billion in fees.
That Apple is taking the fight to Samsung's front door in Korea is not a surprise — this battle, after all, has turned bloody.
Back in 1998, Samsung agreed with the European Telecommunications Standards Institute to license patents on a fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory basis, Reuters reported. Apple argues that Samsung has not held up its end of the bargain. Samsung, meanwhile, says it has. Now it's the FTC's turn to decide which side is right.
CNET has contacted both Apple and Samsung for comment on the FTC's inquiry. We will update this story when we have more information.