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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Thom_Holwerda
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Yup, you're right - this is indeed solely about injunctions. My mistake.

I still maintain it'll have ba chilling effect, though, just not as much as my first comment suggested. FRAND patents have just become less powerful, and thus, less attractive - just not as much as I thought in my first comment.

It is also still ridiculous that a company like Apple has not paid Samsung a single dime for the use of its FRAND patents these past years, and yet, Samsung is ordered to pay a huge sum for a few ridiculous design and software patents. That's not very conducive to innovation - and this FTC settlement has only strengthened that silliness instead of counter it. Arguing that's a good thing is Apple-focussed instead of consumer-focussed.

Edited 2013-01-03 23:57 UTC

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