Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 3rd Jan 2013 20:04 UTC
Legal "As was widely expected, the Federal Trade Commission announced this morning that it has reached a settlement agreement with Google, bringing the commission's antitrust investigations into the search giant to a close. Two different areas of Google's business were being explored: the way it prioritized search results, and the way that Google had sought injunctions against devices that were thought to have infringed upon standards-essential patents from Motorola." Would have loved to see the FRAND system crumble, though. Let the patent mess explode - to change the system, we need disruption, not appeasement.
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RE: I think you got your wish
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 3rd Jan 2013 21:20 UTC in reply to "I think you got your wish"
Thom_Holwerda
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You couldn't be more wrong.

This FTC settlement essentially brings an end to certain types of industry standards. The FTC has just told the industry: "don't bother with FRAND patents, because when a company just implements your patents without paying, you can't take them to court". This is a free pass to disregard FRAND patents entirely, making them, essentially, meaningless.

In other words, you won't be getting a return on your investment in complicated wireless standards. Mobile telephony was invented and implemented by many companies - chiefly Motorola and Nokia - and they paid god knows how much to get this done. The FTC has just swooped in, and made all their investments worthless, because they (the companies) no longer have any means to enforce their patents when the negotiation phase breaks down - as it has with, say, Apple and Samsung.

Now tell me - who is going to hand over their patents to a standards body under a FRAND scheme when that means everybody can just take their patents at will?

Exactly: nobody.

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