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[4]: I think you got your wish
by Nelson on Thu 3rd Jan 2013 23:47 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: I think you got your wish"
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I was hoping for the current FRAND system to crumble to let the patent system explode with lawsuits - which is different from this ruling discouraging companies from participating in FRAND schemes in the future.

It would have the same eventual effect. If what you say is correct, but its not.

If people are discouraged from participating in FRAND, then we'll see future standards and standards committees release patent encumbered haphazard standards which should have the same overall effect.

However, I don't think this is particularly true, because there exist mechanisms to prevent this in practice like defensive patent pools that could be easily incorporated into SSOs.

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