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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Thom_Holwerda
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2005-06-29

Samsung sued after Apple attacked for no reason (in my and many other people's views). Apple is the aggressor. Let's never forget that.

So yeah, it sucks that Samsung had to resort to FRAND, but much like I will defend myself with whatever weapon-like object within my reach when I'm attacked, so can Samsung protect itself as well. Samsung's choice of weapon was unfortunate (as would mine be if I grabbed a decent knife and seriously injured my attacker), but considering the circumstances of Apple's patent aggression, entirely understandable.

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jared_wilkes Member since:
2011-04-25

Reality and the law says otherwise. Even after the final veil has been withdrawn, you'll still likely be fooling yourself that this is unfair.

Your analogy is weak. Again, Nokia defended themselves within the bounds of what was actually a "weapon" and legally permissible. Google and Samsung have not been doing so. In your analogy, Nokia would be the company properly defending themselves. Samsung and Google would be someone who decided to attack their attackers families or something otherwise egregious and indefensible... or killing someone for sucker punching you or something appropriately analogous rather than fair, measured, and reciprocal defense of your personal safety.

Edited 2013-01-04 00:58 UTC

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