Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 13th Feb 2012 19:26 UTC
In the News The first big hurdle has been taken by Google and Motorola Mobility. The European Union has given the green light for Google to proceed with its acquisition of Motorola Mobility. The EU will, however, monitor the deal and its outcome for potential patent abuse. Update: And there we go, the US DoJ has approved the deal as well. Update II: The just-linked DoJ report also approves the Nortel patent sale to Apple, Microsoft, and RIM. I'm hoping for lots of fireworks here so the patent system blows up in Google's, Microsoft's and Apple's faces, so we can point and laugh about all the money they wasted.
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RE: Hmmmm
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 13th Feb 2012 23:30 UTC in reply to "Hmmmm"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

"During the course of the division’s investigation, several of the principal competitors, including Google, Apple and Microsoft, made commitments concerning their SEP licensing policies. The division’s concerns about the potential anticompetitive use of SEPs was lessened by the clear commitments by Apple and Microsoft to license SEPs on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms, as well as their commitments not to seek injunctions in disputes involving SEPs. Google’s commitments were more ambiguous and do not provide the same direct confirmation of its SEP licensing policies."


Well, duh. Apple and Microsoft barely have any standards-essential patents (some small H264 stuff, that's it).

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RE[2]: Hmmmm
by jared_wilkes on Mon 13th Feb 2012 23:36 in reply to "RE: Hmmmm"
jared_wilkes Member since:
2011-04-25

Umm, this is written in the approval of the acquisition of NORTEL's PATENTS -- ONE OF THE LARGEST LIBRARIES OF TELECOM STANDARD ESSENTIAL PATENTS IN EXISTENCE.

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RE[2]: Hmmmm
by majipoor on Mon 13th Feb 2012 23:38 in reply to "RE: Hmmmm"
majipoor Member since:
2009-01-22

Apple has 140 FRAND patents concerning the 3G standard.

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RE[3]: Hmmmm
by Straylight on Tue 14th Feb 2012 00:07 in reply to "RE[2]: Hmmmm"
Straylight Member since:
2006-06-15

Let me preface this by saying this is an honest question, I have no knowledge of the subject, but how did Apple get all these patents? As far as I'm aware the 3g standard was in place long before apple was making phones. None of the radios, specification or anything to do with 3g radio transmission were designed or produced by Apple. is it just because they purchased a portfolio of patents? Someone please enlighten me ;)

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