Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 10th Mar 2013 13:07 UTC
Multimedia, AV A few days ago, Google and the MPEG-LA announced that they had come to an agreement under which Google received a license for techniques in VP8 that may infringe upon MPEG-LA patents (note the 'if any'). Only a few days later, we learn the real reason behind Google and the MPEG-LA striking a deal, thanks to The H Open, making it clear that the MPEG-LA has lost. Big time. Update: Chris Montgomery: "The wording suggests Google paid some money to grease this along, and the agreement wording is interesting [and instructive] but make no mistake: Google won. Full stop."
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Nokia vs HTC and the patent war
by TechGeek on Sun 10th Mar 2013 15:57 UTC
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I found one article on Google referring to VP8 in the Nokia vs HTC lawsuit. Some guy wrote it on his blog. None of the press releases mention VP8 in the lawsuits. And Nokia isn't just suing HTC, they basically are suing everyone at this point. Of course, lawsuits are about all they have left so.

As for the patent issue over VP8. Remember when the MPEG-LA came forward and announced that they were going after Google and VP8, but needed patents to do so? No one signed up. If you had a patent on VP8 and wanted to get paid and someone else was willing to foot the bill, don't you think they would have signed up? I don't think there are any patents against VP8, or at least not ones that are strong enough to take to war.

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