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Legal "The European Commission has accused Motorola Mobility of abusing its standard-essential patents against Apple in Germany. The Commission has sent a Statement of Objections to the company over a misuse of its GPRS patents, which has seen Motorola pursue injunctions against Apple products instead of properly licensing the technology."
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RE[9]: Comment by shmerl
by TechGeek on Wed 8th May 2013 11:26 UTC in reply to "RE[8]: Comment by shmerl"
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Except you have your facts wrong. As we have seen in previous Apple IP lawsuits, like Nokia, Apple didn't come to Motorola and ask to negotiate the rates. They just started using the patents. Motorola had to approach them. And Motorola offered the same rate to start with that they offer everyone, 2.5%.

Now, no one ever ends up paying that amount, its just a starting point. And no one else in the phone industry has had any problems getting a license. Now, Apple and Microsoft enter the scene and all of a sudden there are problems.

Motorola only sues Microsoft after Microsoft sues Motorola over Android. Microsoft has been using the technology for years. That doesn't make Motorola look very aggressive. Motorola sues Apple to get its license fees, which Apple refuses to negotiate on. Even when Apple has clear chances for neutral remediation in IP lawsuits, they chose not to pay up. Yeah, why would Motorola ever have to sue?

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