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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[11]: Comment by shmerl
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 8th May 2013 13:58 UTC in reply to "RE[10]: Comment by shmerl"
Thom_Holwerda
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When Motorola, now a division of Google, decided to refuse Apple a FRAND based license it was in breach of it's moral, ethical or legal commitments.


You really have no clue how this works. There is no such thing as a "FRAND-based license". Each and everyone of those licenses between these companies is individually agreed upon after hard negotiations, in which cross-licensing usually plays a huge role. The more you have to offer up for cross-license, the less you have to pay in cold hard cash.

You'll note that this system worked just fine... Until Apple decided it didn't want to cross-license. Motorola is under NO obligation WHATSOEVER to fulfil Apple's every demand. If Apple doesn't want to cross-license, than it has to pay more than other companies that do want to cross-license. How is this so hard to understand? Note that the courts did NOT condemn Motorola's demands... They condemned Motorola's subsequent suing over these patents.

Despite Apple not having been able to negotiate a license, it then proceeded to willingly infringe these known patents by stealing Motorola's technology and implementing it anyway. When Samsung steps on some crazy ridiculous super-obvious software patent, you call them criminals. When Apple willingly infringes cold and hard hardware patents without paying or having a license, Motorola is the criminal?

You, sir, seem to have lost all touch with reality.

Edited 2013-05-08 13:59 UTC

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