Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 13th Feb 2012 19:26 UTC
In the News The first big hurdle has been taken by Google and Motorola Mobility. The European Union has given the green light for Google to proceed with its acquisition of Motorola Mobility. The EU will, however, monitor the deal and its outcome for potential patent abuse. Update: And there we go, the US DoJ has approved the deal as well. Update II: The just-linked DoJ report also approves the Nortel patent sale to Apple, Microsoft, and RIM. I'm hoping for lots of fireworks here so the patent system blows up in Google's, Microsoft's and Apple's faces, so we can point and laugh about all the money they wasted.
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RE[4]: Huh?
by jared_wilkes on Tue 14th Feb 2012 02:04 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Huh?"
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I don't think anyone who is arguing within our legal framework(s) for IP are arguing that standard-essential patent holders don't have a right to reasonable rates of remuneration or that the patents don't have merit. We are arguing that it is far more damaging to withhold access to those standard-essential patents in retaliation (or "self-defense) after previously pledging to not deny access to them on any discriminatory basis when there are other recourses to "defense" other than subverting and destroying necessary standards.

The value or merit of non-essential patents doesn't even enter into the argument from this perspective.

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