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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: Confused
by mkone on Fri 10th May 2013 00:18 UTC in reply to "Confused"
mkone
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To my mind, it is appalling that Motorola and companies like it are losing huge amounts of money despite all they have done for the world - we wouldn't even have mobile phones without them!


That is because you misunderstand the issues. The thing that makes Motorola's patents most useful is that they are in the standard. If they weren't in the standard, they likely wouldn't be anywhere near as useful. It feels like they have done a lot for the world because the world decided to use their patents (with their permission). If the world had decided to use another method, their patents would likely have been next to useless. There are a lot of technologies that do not make it to the product stage because people didn't adopt them.

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