Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 1st Sep 2011 21:48 UTC, submitted by glarepate
Legal "In a scene straight out of Bizarro World, Apple's lawyers are crying foul about Samsung and recent Google acquisitions Motorola's allegedly 'anticompetitive' use of patents. Yes, this is the same Apple that has initiated a patent war with these smartphone rivals. And it's the same rival that has tried to remove competing products from the market, rather than agree to negotiate a licensing fee. And it's the same company that patented multi-touch gestures 26 years after they were invented at a research university. And it's the same company that allegedly doctored evidence in European courts to support its lawsuits against Android. Yet in Apple's rose-colored glasses it is Samsung and Motorola who are bullies. Apparently Apple is irate about these companies' countersuits, which rely largely on patents covering wireless communications."
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You clearly don't get it ...
by kristoph on Thu 1st Sep 2011 22:52 UTC
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Apple is complaining that Samsung and Motorola are attempting to leverage patents that are required to implement open standards defined by SSO's in which they participated. Their obligation of that participation is to make those patents available to anyone that asks under FRAND provisions.

It's totally different then asserting patents on some random shit you came up with that is not required for inter-operatability.

It totally blows my mind that your cool that Samsung and Motorola would pull a stunt like this - essentially hold open standards like WiFi and 3G hostage.

Do you not get how damaging it would be if companies could assert patents against open standards that they actually helped create?

That said, I'd wager that the reason Apple is raising the red flag on this is that the US government needs to approve the Moto / Google deal and they want a condition of that approval for Googorola to abide by their FRAND obligations.

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