China’s State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) has been looking at complaints against Apple Inc. for engaging in alleged anticompetitive conduct in patent licensing negotiations by abusing its advantageous position as the implementer of standard-essential patents (SEPs), according to two sources familiar with the matter.
The US tech giant has been the subject of complaints about requiring excessively low royalties during patent licensing fee negotiations with certain small-and-medium-sized SEP holders, said the sources.
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