Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 3rd Jul 2012 09:37 UTC
Legal So let me get this straight. Nokia claims that the Nexus 7 infringes upon standard essential wifi patents, and that Asus does not have a license. How in the name of hell is it possible that Asus has been shipping a gazillion wifi-enabled products every year for god knows how long now, and only now does Nokia notice? Wait - of course. Silly me. If you can't compete, litigate. D'oh.
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RE[4]: So?
by cyrilleberger on Tue 3rd Jul 2012 18:27 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: So?"
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Standards should not be patent encumbered PERIOD.

The alternative would be one of the following:
* pay a fortune to access the standard
* standard would not be able to use any patented technologies, so we would be limited to 1 B/s Wifi
* no standard at all, and gazillions of an incompatible Wifi (or video codec) solutions

The real alternative to FRAND is a mandatory patent pool with a fix price. Someone has to pay for the billions of euros/dollars that are spent by the like of Nokia (or Motorola) to develop those technologies, and that is exactly what patents are about, making it possible for companies which spend huge amount on R&D to be paid by companies which went to just use the technology.

That patents are used to protect trivial things does not mean that all patents are bad.

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