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Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission has slapped Samsung with a fine for the astroturf smear campaigns it has waged against some of its rivals. On Thursday, the agency levied a $341,037 fine against Samsung’s Taiwanese subsidiary for hiring students to post fake online reviews criticizing HTC devices. A pittance, considering Samsung’s $4 billion marketing budget, but certainly a PR blow. The company said it’s reviewing the decision and will “take all necessary steps” to protect its reputation.
The U.S. International Trade Commission handed down a preliminary ruling in Nokia’s case against HTC, and it’s bad news for the Taiwanese company. ITC judge Thomas Pender found that HTC violated two of the three wireless patents at issue in the case. The full ITC, which has the power to block the importation of products found to infringe U.S. patents, is scheduled to issue a final decision in January.