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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jared_wilkes
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Your mistake was ever thinking that standards patents were powerful. They have always been less powerful than non-SEPs. I don't understand how (again) the pro-Google, anti-Apple, anti-patent crowd could ever fool themselves into believing otherwise. It is very clear to the rest that something that must be offered to all comers on fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory terms would be less powerful than something that can be unfair, unreasonable, and discriminatory. This is simple logic.

Nothing was weakened today but the already thin bubble some delusional folks have cloaked themselves in.

It's ridiculous that Samsung violated Apple's patents for 3 years without any right to do so, never mind without paying them. I think it's far, far, far, far less ridiculous that Samsung hasn't been paid for something that they were demanding a price an order or magnitude greater than what they deserved, for something they pledged they would never deny access to, when Apple has again and again pledged to ultimately pay them a fair rate for what can be determined to be valid and standard essential patents.

Again, let's raise another example. Nokia sued Apple for SEPs and there was not a single peep. Why? Because they didn't ask for an injunction. They didn't demand an absurd rate that no one else is paying.

I don't see anything particularly pro-Apple about supporting the logical interpretation of what FRAND SEPs should be. (Again, I was perfectly fine with Nokia's conduct during its SEP litigation with Apple, and perfectly fine with the end result as well.)

Edited 2013-01-04 00:10 UTC

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