EU Launches Antitrust Probe of Samsung, Apple

European Union regulators started an antitrust probe into Samsung Electronics Co. and Apple Inc.’s use of smartphone patents on their “own initiative” without waiting for a competitor to formally raise the issue. Per Hellstroem, the head of the European Commission’s antitrust unit for consumer electronics, said in London that the EU’s “preliminary investigation” is trying to determine the underlying facts about phone makers’ use of patents.