Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 2nd Nov 2013 17:24 UTC
Legal

Apple, Microsoft, and others, a little over a month ago in a letter to the EU, warning that the EU's new proposed unified patent law could lead to more patent trolling:

To mitigate the potential for abuses of such power, courts should be guided by principles set forth in the rules of procedure to assess proportionality prior to granting injunctions. And PAEs should not be allowed to use injunctions for the sole purpose of extracting excessive royalties from operating companies that fear business disruption.

Yesterday:

A new front opened today in the patent wars between large technology companies, as a consortium that owns thousands of patents from the Nortel bankruptcy auction filed suit against Google and other manufacturers alleging infringement. Rockstar, which is owned jointly by Apple, Blackberry, Ericsson, Microsoft, and Sony, filed suit in US District Court in Texas. In addition to Google, the consortium has alleged infringement by Asus, HTC, Huawei, LG, Pantech, Samsung, and ZTE.

They're not just scumbags - they are lying scumbags.

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RE[9]: You forgot Google
by Nelson on Sun 3rd Nov 2013 13:10 UTC in reply to "RE[8]: You forgot Google"
Nelson
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Companies are free to seek monetary compensation like Motorola did from Microsoft. Seeking injunctions is off the table.

A good example is iCloud Push in Germany that Apple had to remove due to a preliminary ruling on an SEP that was later thrown out.

The act of tying, requesting non-SEPs in reciprocation for SEPs is NOT FRAND and pretty much the only ruling supporting your position is an ITC which overstepped its authority and was remanded by its boss.

Samsung cannot request Apple's crown jewel patents in exchange for a license to a patent they promised to make broadly available. How do you not get this?

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