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[8]: I think you got your wish
by mkone on Sat 5th Jan 2013 11:52 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: I think you got your wish"
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You seem to display a certain level of ignorance about SEP's. No company is forced to submit its patents to a standard. By submitting its patents to a standard, the company is agreeing to limitations on how it can license its patents, specifically on discrimination, in exchange for a guaranteed royalty for anyone who wants to implement the standard. Using SEPs in the manner that Motorola and Samsung have been is detrimental to the aims and is rightly seen as anticompetitive. It's like Rambus, except only worse.

The patents are more useful precisely because they are part of the standard. There a many patents that do not make the cut for any standard which could have been chosen instead. So any company stands to benefit a great deal by having their patents included in a standard. So it is right that they are real and substantial limitations on how these patents can be used in litigation and also in the licensing terms.

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