Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 3rd Jan 2013 20:04 UTC
Legal "As was widely expected, the Federal Trade Commission announced this morning that it has reached a settlement agreement with Google, bringing the commission's antitrust investigations into the search giant to a close. Two different areas of Google's business were being explored: the way it prioritized search results, and the way that Google had sought injunctions against devices that were thought to have infringed upon standards-essential patents from Motorola." Would have loved to see the FRAND system crumble, though. Let the patent mess explode - to change the system, we need disruption, not appeasement.
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jared_wilkes
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2011-04-25

This is what those companies were told when they signed up to be a part of the standard in the first place.

The FRAND "system" is not even a part of US law... or rather... it's only a system insofar as it's a contract and contracts are governed by each nation's laws.

Trying to claim that no one will participate in establishing standards because the legal system is, just now, actually aligning with the intentions of FRAND contracts used by international standards body is pure fearmongering nonsense.

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Furermore its worth noting that Motorola isn't the "FRAND" victim everyone thinks they are.

In exchange for their R&D efforts on the wireless standards, they AGREED to license their patents at FRAND rates. Again agreed. Its a bylaw of the committee they belong to.

Moto doesn't make peanuts off of their FRAND patents, every implementer of the standard must take a royalty bearing license from Motorola.

I think Google's frustration will be that they paid billions for a company that isn't currently making any amount of money (Their patent revenue cant cover their other losses) and has had its remaining useful patents rendered useless.

Most of Moto's patents to begin with were already licensed, and the few that weren't were the ones they tried to be aggressive with.

From the outset, I and others on this site said that their use of FRAND would blow up in their face and were continuously modded down into oblivion because of it.

Well what do you know.

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